The fruit that we know as kiwi, also called mangüeyo, is a fruit native to China and that grows from the vine plant called Delicious actinidia.
In 1904 it was introduced in New Zealand, as it easily adapts to certain climates, and later its cultivation was distributed in many parts of the world. Currently, the country that produces this fruit most is Italy, where its cultivation was introduced in the 70s of the 20th century, followed by New Zealand.
The third largest producer in the world and the largest producer of this fruit in the Americas is Chile.
The kiwi tree or plant is a kind of creeper from which this fruit or berry is derived. Remember both tomatoes and grapes, as it can grow both vertically and horizontally, aided by tutors or guides.
Kiwi properties and health benefits
Kiwi, a fruit with an acidic flavor, hairy skin and bright green color, is unique in its kind. But in addition to its exoticism, for not resembling anything like another fruit, what stands out above all are the properties of kiwi at a nutritional level as a cure.
Benefits of kiwi consumption
Among the benefits of kiwi, we can highlight that thanks to its high concentration of vitamin C it is a fruit that can help us avoid many ailments and counteract others. For example, vitamin C is necessary for the absorption of iron, especially vegetable iron. Therefore, the consumption of kiwifruit with iron-rich foods can help us to better health and avoid ailments such as iron deficiency anemia.
In addition, vitamin C is useful for the production of skin, tendons and ligaments, as well as healing and regeneration.
Another of the benefits of kiwi, and probably one of the most prominent medicinal uses of this plant, is its diuretic effects. It is used to treat discomforts such as constipation.
People suffering from cardiovascular diseases can benefit from the consumption of this food, since it contains a lot of potassium, about 310 mg per 100 grams of fruit, but it is very low in sodium.
Kiwi contains 61 calories per 100 grams. To compare it with other fruits, keep in mind that for example a banana contains 90 calories per 100 grams, and an apple 50, while strawberries contain 33 calories and 160 avocado.
Leaving the fruit field, a white bread contains 260 calories per 100 grams, or a croissant 400 calories per 100 grams.
Therefore, kiwi is a food with a low amount of calories compared to other foods, and is among fruits with medium amounts. In any case, it can be considered a great ally of healthy diets or to lose weight, provided they are accompanied by sports and other good health habits.
A high consumption of this fruit can cause diarrhea. Therefore, one of the contraindications of kiwi is that it does not have to be eaten in excess. In addition, people who have stomach problems and who often suffer from diarrhea should not eat this fruit, due to its laxative properties.