None other than Time magazine has included kiwi fruit as one of the 50 best foods to eat. Packed in its small body and green fleshy meat is a lot of vitamin C. In fact, it has more of this vitamin than an orange! But this is not the only benefit you will get when you eat the fruit:
Aside from vitamin C, the fruits contain a wide range of flavonoids and carotenoids, which are all antioxidants. Although more research needs to be done in order to ascertain which component of the fruit is the most effective in preventing oxidative damage, it is already clear that this is a potent solution to free radicals. The fruit has the ability to protect your body up to the cellular or DNA level.
Management of Diabetes
Many of those who are diagnosed with diabetes suffer from the complications of the disease including nerve neuropathy. This occurs when the circulation of the blood and the velocity conduction of the nerves are affected by the high level of sugar in the blood. Kiwi is a source of inositol, a naturally occurring type of sugar alcohol can reduce the issue with nerve damage for diabetes patients. Moreover, the fruit, although sweet, has a low glycemic index of only 52.
A number of obese people are suffering from sugar addiction. Processed foods, for example, contain a huge amount of sugar that makes a person feeling hungrier more often and more quickly than usual. Kiwi, on the other hand, features not only low carb content but also zero fat.
Kiwi is also rich in fiber, which slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood and decreases the chances of sugar spike. It also improves bowel movement and reduces the tendency to bloat after eating.
Prevention of Eye Problems
According to California Kiwifruit Commission, kiwis are rich in lutein, a type of phytochemical that protects the eyes from different types of damage especially macular degeneration (MD). Eating at least 3 servings of the fruit can decrease the risk of MD by as much as 36%.