This funny-looking green fruit in the fuzzy brown "package" is native to China -- as the "Chinese gooseberry." A marketing campaign renamed this unusual fruit to something more suited to its new imported home -- New Zealand. It also is grown in California.
Kiwis carry a lot of nutrition in a small package. They aren't high in calories, yet they pack a powerful punch with their strong tart taste, which allows them to jazz up the flavor of any fruit or vegetable salad.
Kiwifruit is also a very good source of dietary fiber. Diets that contain plenty of fiber can reduce high cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fiber is also good for filling you up and suppressing your appetite -- a great advantage for those wanting to lose weight.
Kiwifruit is literally filled with fiber. All those little black seeds combine for a good dose of insoluble fiber, which aids digestion by decreasing the transit time of stools through your system. But kiwifruit also offers soluble fiber, providing bulk that promotes the feeling of fullness -- a natural diet aid. By creating gel-like substances that trap bile acids, it has the potential to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Kiwis are brimming with vitamin C, which is essential for healthy gums and important for wound healing, and boasts ample amounts of good-for-your-bones magnesium and heart-healthy potassium. Kiwis are also full of flavonoids and carotenoids, offering great antioxidant protection. Flavonoids also improve the integrity of blood vessels, and they decrease inflammation.