The kiwifruit, native to northern China, first arrived in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century; it was then known as the Chinese Gooseberry. When the time came to export the fruit, to avoid the high duties charged on #berries, the name was changed to the kiwifruit.
It was nicknamed kiwifruit because of the shared characteristics with New Zealand's national symbol, the #kiwi bird, which is also small, brown, and fuzzy. Kiwis are a nutrient-dense food, meaning that they are high in nutrients and low in calories.
Collagen, the support system of the skin, is reliant on vitamin C. This vitamin is an essential nutrient and antioxidant; it helps prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke, smoothes wrinkles, and improves overall #skin texture.
One study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the effects of #kiwifruit on sleep quality in adults with sleep problems. They found that eating #kiwis improved #sleep according to self-rated measures.
The fiber and potassium in kiwis supports heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium can help reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. In one study, published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, those who consumed 4,069 milligrams of potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium.
Due to their high potassium content, kiwifruit can help reduce high #bloodpressure. It is well known that a high sodium intake is a risk factor for high blood pressure; however, low #potassium intake is also a risk factor.#uglybynatute