- Kiwifruit is native to China, the seeds were introduced to New Zealand in 1904. They were called ‘Chinese Gooseberries’ until the 1960’s
- They are considered FODMAP friendly
- The skin is edible
- High in Vitamin C - kiwifruit contain more vitamin C than an orange
- Contain Actinidin which can help with digestion. ‘Actinidin is a protease found in kiwifruit, which breaks down proteins and facilitates gastric digestion. This natural enzyme has the ability to break-down a wide range of food proteins more completely and faster than our natural digestive enzymes can do on their own’ http://www.zespri.com/nutritious/digestive-health. Thats why you can get a funny feeling on your tongue if you eat too many because of all those enzymes. So if you’ve having problems getting those bowels moving, try eating a few kiwi fruit on an empty stomach.
Sources: http://www.5aday.co.nz/facts-and-tips/fruit-vegetable-info/kiwifruit-green/ http://www.zespri.com/nutritious/digestive-health Monash University Low FODMAP app