Dried Kiwi – Is it good for you?

By: Dried Kiwi Filed Under: Information Posted: December 14, 2012

Dried kiwi is a delectable fruit with wonderful taste and a good effect on your health. Aside from satisfying your taste buds year round, it contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals while being very low in fat. If you have never tried dried kiwi before, you are definitely missing out. You can consume dried kiwi with foods such as pies, cakes, muffins, bread, and other baked products.

Humans have been consuming the kiwifruit for over 300 years. First found in China, it was originally called ‘yang tao’, meaning ‘strawberry peach’. When New Zealanders began to grow the fruit, they took the name of their native flightless bird and attached it to the fruit, hoping that it would make it more appealing to the customers.

This healthy fruit with concentrated flavor is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and E. Consuming it regularly can reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, stroke, and lung and heart cancers. Even the seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Pregnant and nursing mothers are also recommended to consume dried kiwi as it can help in the healthy growth of the baby, as it contain 10 percent the recommended daily intake of folate.

According to the California Kiwifruit Comission, a kiwifruit has more potassium than a banana, at 215mg per serving. Two fruits have 30mg of magnesium, which is good for nerves, and more fiber than a bowl of bran cereal, which is definitely good for your digestive system. A kiwi contains 42 calories and .36g of fat, while a dried one contains 180 calories with only .5g of fat. This makes dried kiwi a perfect snack for those in a low-fat diet without sacrificing energy levels.

However, do take care not to consume dried kiwi too much, as it does contain high amounts of sugar. Furthermore, it is usually coated in granulated sugar for storage. Because of that, dried kiwi can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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