Dried Kiwi – The Chinese Yang Tao

By: Dried Kiwi Filed Under: Nutrition Posted: December 19, 2012

Dried kiwi is a dehydrated fruit, easy to eat, pack, and store. This makes it one of the easiest ways for anyone to receive nutrition on the go. According to research done by Purdue University, the fruit originated from China, where it was known as ‘yang tao’, meaning ‘strawberry peach’. It got its current name when New Zealand growers name the fruit after the flightless bird native to the country in hopes of making it more appealing to consumers. Today, it is sold all over the world as a rich source of Vitamin C.

Despite its small size, the Vitamin C content of a kiwi is more than three oranges put together. Even a banana has less potassium. Two kiwifruits contain more fiber than a bowl of bran cereal, which does wonders to the digestive system, and 30mg of magnesium, which is good for nerves. Dried kiwi has even more concentration of this nutrition due to it being dehydrated, which makes it denser and chewier. Additionally, it contains the phytochemical lutein that helps in the prevention of vision loss.

If you are a pregnant or nursing mother, dried kiwi is absolutely good for you, as it contains 10 percent the recommended intake of folate. Medical professionals recommend dried kiwi as they can help with the healthy growth of the baby.

Known as the king of the fruits, the kiwi fruit has a sweet taste despite being green. It is sold in many restaurants and supermarkets around the world. It can be consumed both ways, but there are many advantages of consuming it dried rather than fresh; a dried kiwi has less fat than a fresh one, but more calories to keep energy levels high. Take care not to over consume dried kiwi, though, because at 23g per serving, it contains almost the entire recommended daily intake of sugar for women, and that does not include the granulated sugar used to coat dried kiwi for storage.

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