Kiwi (Peeled)

Healthy Smoothie Recipes with Kiwi

About Kiwi

Kiwi is native to China and cultivation in New Zealand didn’t start until the 20th century.  The term “Kiwi” in New Zealand refers to the Kiwi bird or to the people of New Zealand, but not to the fruit (the people of New Zealand always refer to it as “kiwifruit”).  There are ~60 varieties of Kiwi and it’s grown in many countries throughout the world, but the most kiwi producing nations are Italy, New Zealand, Chile, and Greece.

Nutrition Benefits of Kiwi

Kiwi is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K.  It’s also a good source of fiber and vitamin E.  There are a lot of phytonutrients in kiwi – including flavonoids and caotenoids.  Vitamin K is known for helping with blood clotting and Vitamin C is known for immune system benefits.

Kiwi seeds are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which has been linked to benefits related to heart disease, ADHD, autism, and other developmental problems.  Other health related links to kiwi include asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.

Smoothie Tips

You can freeze kiwi.  Here’s how – cut the kiwi in half, use a spoon to remove the outer skin, freeze the halves.  Since Kiwi is rarely sold frozen, you can do this yourself so you always have kiwi on hand.

Nutrition Facts

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Kiwi (Peeled) scores well for 11 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Sleep: Score 94

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Human: Kiwi consumption before sleep improved sleep onset, duration, and efficiency in adult patients.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 92

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Kiwi consumption lowers blood triglycerides and reduces platelet aggregation.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 92

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Kiwi consumption lowers blood triglycerides and reduces platelet aggregation.

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Gastrointestinal: Score 92

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Human: Kiwi improves constipation. It demonstrated a meaningful increase in bowel movements in healthy individuals.

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Immune System: Score 90

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Kiwi is associated with improvement of neutrophil functions, which are white blood cells. Kiwi contains compounds that exhibit anti-bacterial activity.

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 88

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Animal: Kiwi suppressed post meal hyperglycemia in diabetic rats. In Vitro: Kiwi might contribute to the prevention of the development of diabetic neuropathy.

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Blood Pressure: Score 86

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Intake of three kiwi per day had a blood pressure lowering effect.

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HIV: Score 84

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In Vitro: Kiwi contains compounds, which exhibit anti-oral cancer, anti-HIV, antioxidant and antibacterial activity.

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Look Younger: Score 84

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In Vitro: Kiwi may have a therapeutic role in skin diseases associated with reduced cell proliferation, energy production and collagen synthesis of human skin cells. Kiwi protects against oxidative DNA damage in human cells.

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Inflammation: Score 82

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In Vitro: It could be useful in preventing inflammation mediated diseases.

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Skin Health (Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.): Score 82

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In Vitro: Kiwi may have a therapeutic role in skin diseases associated with reduced cell proliferation, energy production and collagen synthesis of human skin cells. Kiwi protects against oxidative DNA damage in human cells.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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