Kiwi, also called “kiwifruit”, is a little fruit that doesn’t look like much, but it packs a wallop when it comes to nutritional value. Kiwis were known as “Chinese gooseberries” when they were first cultivated in China. When New Zealand began exporting them in the 1950s, they were renamed after New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also brown, small and fuzzy. Now Italy and California are among the largest producers.
Teeth friendly fruits
Kiwi is the most nutritionally dense of 27 popular fruits. Available year-round, kiwi supplies vitamins A and C and E and K, antioxidants such as potassium for healthy blood pressure, has fiber and copper, lutein that protects vision, maintains healthy and beautiful skin, has disease-preventing properties, contains magnesium and phosphorus, and more. Kiwi is also good for dieters because a medium fruit has only 40 to 50 calories and is very low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium.
How to Buy Kiwis
Hold the fruit and apply pressure. The sweetest ones are those that yield slightly. If the kiwi does not yield, it will need a few more days to ripen at room temperature. Avoid kiwis that are shriveled, bruised or overly soft.
How to eat a kiwi
No peeling is needed. Simply cut in half and scoop it out with a spoon to eat or use in a recipe. Eat the fruit when it is fully ripened because that is when it contains the most antioxidants.
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Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 3: Kiwi