Kiwi was not very famous in India until recently when it began to be imported. And ever since doctors started recommending it for increasing the platelet count of Dengue patients, it has become even more popular. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A and is replete with healthy carotenoids and Omega 3 fatty acids. With increasing demand in India, several countries have started exporting the fruit, bringing down its price considerably.
Charif Christian Carvajal, Marketing Director for Asia of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) said, “India is an interesting market for kiwifruit where the demand is constantly increasing. In the last season, we exported 5000 tonnes of kiwifruit to India. This year even though we are just starting, the real volume of kiwifruit coming into the market have already touched 8000 tonnes, and we expect this number to be growing.”
The taste of kiwi gels well with Indian recipes and this is another reason it is becoming popular here. According to Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, “Kiwis are very easy to use as they are sweet and sour at the same time. It is a versatile fruit with which you can prepare any kind of dish, be it a salad, main course or even a dessert!”
Here are ten potent reasons why you must have this fruit daily.
2. Reduces asthma symptoms
A rich source of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, it improves lung function and a regular intake of the fruit is believed to bring down asthma symptoms.
3. Improves immunity
For those suffering from low immunity, this fruit is a must have. It fights microbes, brings down seasonal infections and has anti-fungal properties.
4. Controls diabetes
It not just has low glycaemic index but is also said to have properties that prevent the disfunction of adipose tissue which has been linked with diabetes.
5. Fights cancer
Kiwi fruit extracts have been found potent in treating DNA degeneration. The fruit has also been used in traditional Chinese medicines in fighting various types of cancers.
6. Good for vision
Kiwi fruit prevents macular degeneration as it is rich in phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin which are good for eye health.
7. Fights insomnia
A good source of serotonin, kiwi helps induce sound sleep. Having it in the evening is beneficial if you are suffering from sleep disorder.
8. For glowing skin
Rich in vitamin E, it not just promotes a smooth and flawless skin, it also fights fine lines and wrinkles, Eating a kiwi fruit daily is believed to slow down skin ageing.
9. Fights anaemia
An abundant source of vitamin C and phytochemicals like lutein and zeaxanthin, kiwi helps in the absorption of iron by body.
10. Promotes heart health
The abundant Vitamin E, C and potassium, kiwi promotes cardiovascular health and prevents clogging of arteries.
11. It’s tasty
Kiwi has a sweet and tangy taste which makes it perfect for salads, dips, salsas and purees. Why not use more frequently a food which is tasty and healthy too!