Most foods contain some amount of naturally-occurring acid that causes them to have acidic pH values. Pure water is neutral and has an arbitrarily assigned pH value of 7.0. Food with a pH value of 6.9 or lower is acidic, while food that has a pH of 7.1 or higher is basic, or alkaline. Kiwifruit mainly contains quinic, citric and malic acids. Depending on its state of ripeness, the pH value of a kiwifruit varies between 3.1 and 3.96, classifying it as a “high-acid” food. By comparison, grapefruit has a similar acid profile, lemons and limes are more acidic and mangoes are slightly less acidic.
But it is very important to understand and keep in mind that the pH value of a food outside our bodies, does not determine its acidifying or alkalizing effect in our body. That is the case with lemons and limes. A lot of people get surprised when they see these fruits recommended as alkalizing. Without getting into too much detail, when fruits have an acid pH, but not too much fructose or fruit sugar, their effect in our body may be alkalizing. Such is the case with kiwi.
In addition to being highly alkaline-forming, kiwifruit is low in calories and packed with nutrients. As with all fruit, kiwifruit is more highly alkalizing in the body when it’s fully ripe, but before it begins to spoil.
From disease prevention to an abundance of vitamins and minerals, the kiwi provides a wide array of nutrition benefits. According to a study at Rutgers University, the kiwi is the most nutrient dense fruit, ounce for ounce. Below is a list of the different ways that the naturally fat-free kiwi can help our health:
- Disease Prevention
- Fiber: Kiwi provides 16% of the RDA for fiber and has a role in the prevention of constipation and some cancers.
- Phytonutrients: Kiwis have phytonutrients, which repair DNA, act as the body’s protection against some cancers, and function as antioxidants. Learn more about phytonutrients plant powers.
- Folic Acid: Kiwi provides 10% of the RDA for folic acid, which is important for expectant mothers and works to produce red blood cells.
- Vitamin C: One serving of kiwi gives the body 230% of the RDA for Vitamin C, which helps heal wounds, increase iron absorption, and boost the immune system.
- Vitamin E: Kiwi provides 10% RDA for Vitamin E and decreases the risk of heart disease.
- Calcium: Kiwi provides 5.5% of the RDA for Calcium.
- Chromium: Kiwi aids in regulating heartbeats.
- Copper: Kiwi provides 8% of the RDA for Copper.
- Iron: Kiwi provides 4% of the RDA for Iron.
- Magnesium: Kiwi provides 6% of the RDA for Magnesium, which can enhance your energy level.
- Potassium: Kiwi aids in fluid maintenance.
- Zinc: Kiwi helps keep hair, skin, teeth, and nails healthy.
Kiwifruit is the most nutrient-rich of the top 26 fruits consumed in the world today. It also has the highest density of any fruit for vitamin C and magnesium, a limited mineral in the food supply of most affluent countries and a nutrient important for cardiovascular health. Among the top three low-sodium, high-potassium fruits, kiwifruit ranks number one, having more potassium than a banana or citrus fruits.
Unlike other fruits, kiwifruit has an unusually broad complement of nutrients. Most fruits tend to be high in only one or two nutrients, but lacking in some others, this is not the case with kiwi.
According to HealthMad, the top 10 health benefits of kiwi are:
- Helps prevent asthma (Vitamin C)
- Strengthens bones (Vitamin K)
- Prevents constipation (Fiber)
- Prevents hypokalemia (Potassium)
- Help reduce wrinkles (Vitamin E)
- Helps the body make melanin (Copper)
- Helps prevent anemia (Folate)
- Regulates blood sugar levels (Manganese)
- Prevents muscle soreness (Magnesium)
- Aids in normal blood clotting (Calcium)
That is a pretty impressive list of benefits!! And is that was not enough, kiwi is a delicious fruit, and makes for a fantastic snack or addition to smoothies and other recipes. How do you like your kiwi?
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