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Did You Know: Kiwi

Did You KnowLaurie Capogna

Did you know kiwi is the highest fruit source of vitamin C?

  • 1 kiwi contains nearly 2 times the amount of vitamin C than an orange.

Vitamin C is water soluble antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Our bodies cannot make or store vitamin C so it is essential to consume foods high in vitamin C in our diet.

It is important to consume foods high in vitamin C several times a day because vitamin C has a short half like meaning it breaks down quickly once consumed.

Vitamin C along with other antioxidants are important for eye health as vitamin C is abundant in all ocular tissues and has also been down to decrease the risk of AMD and cataracts. 

Vitamin C also helps to maintain a healthy immune system and increases the body’s ability to absorb iron from plant sources. It may also decrease the risk of stroke, heart attack and lung cancer.

In addition to being a source of vitamin C, kiwi is also a source of vitamin E, fiber, lutein and zeaxanthin, and zinc – all important nutrients for eye health!

Great ways to enjoy Kiwi:

  • As a mid-morning snack
  • In a fruit salad for dessert 
  • Add to your morning green smoothie