(Warren Wellness) By Lauren Warren, nutritionist

Other than the facts that “Kiwi” is just a fun word to say, and there is something fun about a fuzzy fruit, Kiwifruit are a well-kept secret in the nutritional bonanza department.  Kiwifruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, with twice the vitamin C content of oranges.  In fact, in a study conducted at Rutgers University, which evaluated the nutritional value of 27 different fruits, kiwifruit came out on top, providing the most nutrition, ounce for ounce.  They are a good source of magnesium, have plenty of potassium, and two medium kiwifruits boast about 5 g of fiber (that’s a lot).  Kiwifruit also offer up respectable amounts of copper, phosphorus, and the antioxidant vitamins E and A.  Antioxidants?…YES!…that means that they reduce oxidative stress (damage from free radicals) in the body which is a key factor in the progression of aging & cancer, among other things.  And, more great news is that the EWG put kiwifruit in the “Clean Fifteen” which means that buying conventional kiwi is fine; no need to spend the extra cash on organic for this nutrient-dense fruit!

Confused about how to prepare a kiwi for consumption? You have three choices:

Peel skin off with a paring knife and then slice the fruit (eat the “core” and seeds!)
Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the flesh, from the skin, with a spoon
If organically-grown, you can just wash under cool water and eat it, skin and all!

Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexologist, certified Energy Medicine and Reiki practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping clients with chronic digestive disorders and chronic pain. If you like a free copy of “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing,” please visit www.healingplacemedfield.com  or www.chronicdigestiveproblems.com and sign up for our newsletter. As a bonus you will receive health tips, products and services.

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