What are kiwi fruit?
A kiwi is a small, plum-sized fruit with fuzzy, brown skin, bright green flesh and small black seeds. Typically, only the flesh of the kiwi fruit is eaten, but the skin is also edible.
One kiwi fruit (flesh only) contains just 34 calories. Because it’s a fruit, it’s naturally high in carbohydrates with 6.5g per kiwi, of which almost all of it is sugar. Kiwi fruits are very low in protein and fat (0.6g each), but they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Kiwi fruit is well-known for its high vitamin C content, with 53mg per kiwi – more than is found in the same quantity of orange. Vitamin C plays plenty of important roles in our health, including keeping cells healthy and helping with wound healing.
They’re also a source of some vitamin E, which helps to support the immune system, plus folate, the natural form of folic acid that helps the body form healthy red blood cells; calcium, a building block of healthy bones and teeth, and potassium, which supports heart health.
How many kiwi fruits count as one of your five-a-day?
An 80g portion counts as one of your five-a-day, which is approximately one kiwi fruit.
Can you be allergic to kiwi?
Yes. Kiwi is a known allergen, and some people can suffer a reaction if they’re allergic to hazelnuts, avocados, figs, pollen or latex. Speak to your GP or healthcare provider if you’re concerned about allergies.
Kiwi fruit recipes
This page was published on 21 June 2019.
Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.
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