The Cleveland Clinic, a premier U.S. heart hospital, has recommended kiwis as one of the 40 most powerful foods for heart health.
Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey ranked the kiwifruit No. 1 in nutritional value (followed by papaya, cantaloupe, and strawberry) among 27 of the most popular fruits.
"A serving of two kiwifruits gives you as much potassium as a banana and twice the vitamin C of an orange," says Karen Brux, North America general manager of Zespri International, the world's largest marketer of kiwifruit.
Preliminary small research studies suggest that eating about two kiwifruits a day may help:
-- thin the blood and reduce blood clotting (similar to the effects of daily aspirin)
-- lower triglycerides (blood fats)
-- maintain regularity (even if eaten without the skin)
-- support your immune system
-- protect against cancer
Read on to gain confidence and knowledge in shopping for, storing, peeling, eating, and cooking with kiwifruit.