Kiwi is a rare fruit. It has some significant health benefits but there are some risks as well. It is not a fruit you would find with every grocer or at every supermarket. The primary reason why kiwi fruit has become popular now is its impact on weight loss, rather than its role as a facilitator. Let us explore the kiwi fruit’s advantages and disadvantages to find out if you should consume it.
List of Advantages of Kiwi Fruit
1. Weight Loss
Kiwi fruit is rich in nutrients but has no fat. It is not a calorie-rich fruit. Most fruits are nutritious and don’t have much fat but some have high-calorie content, such as bananas and apples. Kiwi fruit doesn’t add an iota of excess calories to the diet. Furthermore, kiwi fruit is rich in dietary fiber. You are perhaps aware that dietary fiber can absorb bad cholesterol, which would not only aid weight loss but also lead to better overall health. Dietary fiber also speeds up metabolism and assists healthy digestion. The increased metabolism leads to the utilization of saturated fat in the human body.
2. Strengthened Immunity
Kiwi fruit is rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are plant fibers that promote the growth of good bacteria that are already present in our intestines. The probiotics in the gut help in strengthening the immune system. These good bacteria fight the bad bacteria and other free radicals. Should the good bacteria be outnumbered by bad bacteria which happens often, there will be health problems. Kiwi fruit with its prebiotics maintains the count and leads to further growth of good bacteria or probiotics.
3. Stronger Bones and Healthier Vital Organs
Kiwi fruit is rich in calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and manganese among other minerals. These help the bones and vital organs like the liver and kidneys.
List of Disadvantages of Kiwi Fruit
1. Side Effects
Kiwi fruit can have a plethora of side effects. Many people are allergic to the fruit. There is no way you can know for sure before you consume it but if you are generally allergic to some fruits and especially those that grow in the wild, then you should avoid consuming kiwi. Swelling and rashes are common. Oral allergy syndrome, dermatitis, pancreatitis, and diarrhea are other known side effects. Kiwi fruit should not be consumed during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The fruit can interfere with drugs or medication and also with a regular diet.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.