Most people are well aware of the health benefits of the kiwi fruit. Just to give you a few ideas, kiwi is jammed full of vitamin A, C and E (among other vitamins and minerals). These powerful antioxidants are known to help with asthmatic symptoms, suppress wheezing and coughing, support the immune system and protect DNA against mutations. Kiwi fruit also has a significant amount of fiber which has been shown to help prevent colon cancer, improve elimination, maintain cholesterol levels and support our liver.
So it’s no big surprise that I love kiwi! But have you ever thought to eat the fuzzy skin? Kiwi skin contains additional compounds with more antioxidant properties. Eating the skin triples the fiber, and increases the Vitamin C you get from the fruit.
The furry texture can seem a bit odd at first, but I find slicing the fruit into thin pieces makes the skin unnoticeable. For those who may be concerned about pesticide use on kiwi fruit, I’m happy to say that the Environmental Working Group has kiwi rated in the top 10 least sprayed of all fruit and veggies (http://www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php). So give it a try if you haven’t already!