Dried Kiwi – All you need to know

By: Dried Kiwi Filed Under: Information Posted: December 9, 2012

As the dehydrated form of a healthy fruit, dried kiwi has a sugary and concentrated flavor. It contains many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, as well as being a good source for Vitamins A, C, E as well as potassium and dietary fiber. This versatility allows dried kiwi to be enjoyed together with muffins, pies, cakes, breads, and other baked products. Dried kiwi can be used as an ingredient in baking, but ensure that it is completely drained before using it.

The fruit originated in China, where people have been eating it for over 300 years. It was referred to ‘strawberry peach’ in the local language. The fruit received its current name when growers in New Zealand rebrand it after the flightless kiwi bird of the country in hopes that it would become more appealing to customers.

A serving of dried kiwi contains only half a gram of fat while having 180 calories, making it perfect for a low-fat, high energy snack. It is also easy to pack and store. However, since the dehydration process usually involves coating dried kiwi with granulated sugar, care is needed in consuming them so that you don’t exceed your recommended daily intake. On a positive note, the dehydration process also enables dried kiwi to remain in refrigerated storage for up to 6 months.

Dried kiwi has high nutritional content as well as much dietary fiber. The fiber protects the mucous membrane of the colon. Vitamin C resists scurvy and harmful free radicals. Dried kiwi is known for helping to fight against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, stroke, and heart and lung cancers.

Kiwi seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids. According to a recent study in the medical field, daily consumption of dried kiwi will drastically minimize the chances of stroke and coronary heart disease. It has also been suggested that pregnant women consume dried kiwi, as it could help the fetus have healthy growth. Nursing mothers are also recommended to keep consuming dried kiwi.

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