Finally after the long summer break the fruit of the month series is back! And it will be featured every first Friday of the month. So here it is. Enjoy it!
Kiwi fruits are rich in many Vitamins, flavonoids and minerals. In particular, they contain a high amount of Vitamin C (more than oranges), as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of beta-carotene.
These substances are most likely flavonoids that help protect our cells from oxidative damage, and are therefore considered very helpful in protecting our DNA from mutations and damage.
Anti Oxidant properties of Kiwi Fruit
It is important to note that kiwi fruits contain a remarkable amount of Vitamin C, E and A. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that has been proven to protect our body from free radicals, dramatically improving the health of individuals who consumed it regularly against all kinds of disease, from cardiovascular problems to cancer and obesity.
Vitamin E has been proven to have similar effects, but is fat-soluble and thus is complimentary to Vitamin C in its functions. Kiwi fruits contain both these vitamins in high amount, which help protect our body against free radicals from all fronts.
Kiwi fruits have high fiber content
The high content in dietary fiber helps improving diseases such as diabetes, by controlling sugar levels, and colon cancer, since fiber binds to toxic compounds in the colon and helps us expel them.
Fiber has also been proven to reduce cholesterol levels, improving the conditions of patients with cardiovascular diseases and lowering the probability of heart attacks.
Summary of Kiwifruit Health Benefits
Eating kiwi fruit is clearly a healthy choice, and it is particularly useful in these cases:
* Prevents Asthma
* Prevents wheezing and coughing, especially in children
* Protects our DNA from mutations
* Provides a healthy amount of antioxidants and vitamins
* Helps prevent colon cancer thanks to a high fiber content
Barbecue Prawns and Kiwifruit Kebabs with Couscous
500 g (1 lb) king prawns
1½ tablespoons sesame oil
Finely grated zest rind of lemon
1 tablespoon basil leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 Kiwifruit, peeled and cut in chunks
Peel the prawns, leaving their tails on. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sesame oil, lemon zest, herbs, soy sauce and seasonings. Add the prawns. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours
Pre-heat the grill or barbecue. Thread prawns and Kiwifruit onto skewers. Brush the Kiwifruit with a little extra oil
Place the kebabs on the grill or barbecue and cook for 1 – 2 minutes each side, until the prawns are just cooked
Serve with couscous