Keep Your Kids Energized with Kiwifruit
Health & Lifestyle
Did You Know
We all want our kids to grow up healthy, strong and ready to leave their mark on the world. To do that, they'll need plenty of energy! And one way you can keep your kids energized and active is by feeding them healthy meals and snacks. Yes, we know that's easier said than done.
But with Zespri Kiwifruit, you won't need much convincing to get your little ones hooked. After all Zespri Kiwifruit is full of flavor, packed with nutrients and teeming with personality.
Five Ways Kiwifruit Adds Vitality to Kids
Kids are a big bundle of energy in a tiny package. In that way, they are just like Zespri Kiwifruit. In fact, until we can bottle a child's energy and sell it, our kiwifruit is the next best thing! Here are five reasons why Zespri Kiwifruit is the perfect food for growing children.
Helps Boost the Immune System
Zespri kiwifruit is exceptionally high in vitamin C. One serving of SunGold kiwifruit contains more than three times as much vitamin C than an orange.
A serving of Zespri Green kiwifruit clocks in at 261 mg per serving, which is more than double the amount of vitamin C in a large orange!
This important vitamin not only plays an important role in keeping immune cells healthy to help fight against infection, but can also reduce the severity and duration of symptoms of the common cold!
*Read more: Fend Off the Flu with Zespri Kiwifruit*
Helps Ease Digestion and May Help Regulate Blood Sugar
A great way to keep your kid's tummy running smoothly is to feed them a diet rich in fiber. Kiwifruit is a good source of dietary fiber. Not only that, but kiwifruit contains a natural enzyme unique to kiwifruit, actinidin, which helps the body digest proteins found in meats and dairy.
Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Zespri Kiwifruit is an excellent option for people with prediabetes or diabetes trying to manage blood sugar levels and weight due to its low glycemic index and high fiber.
How? When eaten, kiwifruit fiber attracts water so that it swells and thickens like a gel. When kiwifruit is digested, with a meal, foods move more slowly through the gel. Nutrients, like carbohydrates, are broken down into their smaller sugars. This results in sugar being taken up at a reduced rate into the blood, and energy is delivered more slowly. This means the level of sugar in your bloodstream does not go too high or low. It also helps avoid the feelings of tiredness and hunger between meals.
If you're looking to help prevent sugar spikes — and subsequent sugar crashes — then Zespri Kiwifruit is the perfect snack for your kids!
Helps with Muscle Recovery
Our body needs potassium — especially if you're active. Potassium helps keep the body hydrated and maintain muscle function. And since most kids enjoy a healthy bit of "rough and tumble," it's important that they get plenty of potassium.
When most people think of foods with high potassium content, they think of bananas. But as we discussed before, Zespri kiwifruit contains almost as much potassium as a banana. More, in the case of our tropical SunGold!
|Bananas||Zespri Green||Zespri SunGold|
|1 serving size||1 serving size||1 serving size|
|422 mg||462 mg||510 mg|
Helps Fights Disease
Zespri Kiwifruit is absolutely filled to the brim with powerful antioxidants that help the body stay healthy and strong. Our SunGold kiwifruit are not only a great source of vitamin C and fiber, but also a good source of vitamins E and K, which protect the body against harmful pathogens.
Zespri Kiwifruit is also a good source of folate. Folate is also one of the B-vitamins needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow and convert carbohydrates into energy. This is why you need a lot of folate during adolescence.
Folate is important for expectant parents, too! Folate is essential for cellular growth and development, forming red blood cells and infant growth during pregnancy. As cooking destroys folate, fresh kiwifruit is a good source of folate compared to cooked green vegetables. During pregnancy, it can be difficult to meet daily folate requirements, but Zespri Kiwifruit contains 31.0-38.2 μg per 100 g of edible flesh, making it a useful complement to folate supplements in pregnant women.