Amazing properties of delicious kiwi
This unusual sweet-sour greenish cut fruit appeared on our markets relatively recently, and therefore not all are familiar with its amazing and numerous properties.
In the world it is difficult to find a fruit analogue that will be exactly as filled with such an impressive amount of vitamins and other beneficial substances, like kiwi. China is considered its birthplace, probably for the same reason, in some sources it is possible to meet its earlier name - the Chinese gooseberry.
By the way, this fruit has received its modern name from the New Zealand breeder A. Ellison, which is not accidental: the fruit has a rather vivid resemblance to a small New Zealand kiwi bird, which is the national pride of the country and even placed on its emblem.
They learned about the beneficial properties of kiwi fruit in the world for a long time, and therefore its plantations have spread far beyond their historical homeland: Spain, Italy, Greece, USA, Japan and others.That is why on our shelves kiwi can be seen all year round: the extensive geography of its cultivation places with ease ensures this.
What is included in the composition?
Most of the beneficial properties of this overseas product are naturally associated with its rich and unique composition. By the way, another of its remarkable features is the fact that during conservation, its useful properties are preserved almost in full, unlike most other products, which break up with half of the existing ones.
Depending on the variety and region of cultivation, the weight of the fruit can vary from 50 to 150 g, while at the same time it will consist of water by 85%. The rest are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, di- and monosaccharides.
Not everyone knows that exactly kiwi contains a record number of vitamin C! You heard right, not in oranges, lemons or tangerines, but in kiwi: it’s enough to eat two small fruits to fill the organism’s daily need for vitamin C, which is known to prevent the development of infectious and viral diseases.
It also has vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant - it blocks and fights free radicals in the body, and also preserves our youth, beauty, and skin elasticity,health of nails and hair.
The composition of this fruit contains a fairly high level of vitamin B9, which is known as folic acid, necessary for the regeneration of cells of the nervous system and brain.
Scientists have proved that if we eat at least two kiwis a day, then, by doing so, we contribute to a serious strengthening of our health: we increase the elasticity of the walls of blood vessels, strengthen memory, and carry out the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
Also in kiwi contains, no less important, vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, which, in fact, is a powerful biologically active substance of natural origin. Pyridoxine promotes good sleep, improves digestion, and also contributes to the normalization of the thyroid gland.
By the way, it should be noted that the last two substances rarely get along in one product, which, once again, confirms the uniqueness of such a fruit.
In addition to vitamins, kiwi contains a large number of micro and macro elements, among which are: iodine, zinc, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and others. Another unique substance is the enzyme actinidin, which helps to normalize the level of blood clotting, and also stimulates the digestive system.
What is useful kiwi?
Such a rich composition causes a fairly wide range of benefits, ranging from the prevention of colds, general immunity, to the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular and digestive diseases.
It will be superfluous to know that regular use of kiwi in food contributes to the removal of cholesterol, as well as neutralization of the negative influence of nitrates. Kiwi has a positive effect on the digestive process: gently relieves feelings of heaviness, nausea and pain, and also reduces the likelihood of belching and heartburn.
Anyone who is in the active phase of weight loss, it will be useful to know that kiwi is a good diet product that promotes fat burning, and also contains a large amount of healthy fiber.
In addition, the Chinese gooseberry normalizes metabolic processes, and also contributes to the removal of salts from the body, which is the prevention of sedimentation and the formation of kidney stones. Microelements contained in it, reduce the risk of formation of thrombosis and atherosclerosis, prevents the development of hypertension and heart failure.
Kiwi in cooking
If the daily use of fresh kiwi is slightly boring, it does not matter, because this is the product with which there are quite a lot of interesting recipes. What to make from this amazing fruit? Yes, whatever you like!
Fruit and vegetable salads, also, such sweet and sour fruit is used for cooking delicacies, perfectly combined with seafood, white meats and seafood. And, of course, the main purpose of kiwi in cooking - it's all sorts of desserts, as well as decorating dishes, especially cakes, cakes and ice cream.
Despite all the benefits that this product can bring, kiwi is not suitable for every organism. First of all it is worth noting personal intolerance, which can be expressed in a strong allergic reaction.
Also, this miracle fruit is contraindicated for those who suffer from high acidity of gastric juice or have a stomach ulcer. Due to the high water content of the kiwi, it can be contraindicated to people with kidney disease. Also it is better not to use it for food poisoning, since it has an easy laxative effect.
How to choose kiwi fruit?
To make the dish tasty, you first need to be able to choose such an exotic fruit. The best fruits are slightly soft, you can buy hard kiwi, but in this case you have to wait for it to soften a bit.
Choose fruits without spots on the surface, gently push down on the place where the stalk used to be: if liquid appeared on the surface, then it is better to put such a kiwi aside.
Sometimes “bald” kiwis can be found in stores - it feels as if they have already been cleaned, however, this is just a special sort that is imported to our regions a little, but it is believed that it is much tastier than ordinary kiwi. Maybe worth a try?