Zespri gives you more, thanks to the vitality that comes from its high vitamin C content and nutrient density, the quality from its integrated environmental production system and its delicious taste. Zespri Kiwifruit is a healthy and delicious option to complement your everyday diet and it is nutrient rich, thanks to its high content of fibre, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such as potassium. Put simply, kiwifruit is one of the healthiest fruit for people of all ages.
Zespri SunGold has a nutrient adequacy score of 18.8 and Zespri Green 11.4.
Zespri Kiwifruit helps improve various digestive functions. It is also beneficial for health conditions such as diabetes, as it has a low glycaemic index. It is also beneficial during pregnancy and childhood, when the demand for nutrients is higher, and provides many of the essential nutrients, such as folate, needed for growth and vitality.
Zespri Kiwifruit is also great for people who do physical exercise. It contains antioxidants and potassium which supports normal muscle function. It is useful in weight-loss diets as well with, its low calorie content, great nutrition and low GI value.
Infographic—Nutrient rich kiwifruit
Zespri Kiwifruit helps to maintain good health and increase vitality
The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.
- High GI >70
- Medium GI 55-70
- Low GI <55
The Glycemic Index (GI) for the two varieties of Zespri are:
- Zespri Green: 39
- Zespri SunGold: 38
The carbohydrates available in ripe kiwifruit are a mixture of glucose, fructose and sucrose in a proportion of 2:2:1. Of these sugars, glucose has a GI of 100% (the benchmark), fructose 19% and sucrose 68%. There are other factors capable of reducing the speed of absorption of glucose, i.e. the GI. In the case of kiwifruit, it has been observed that the impact it produces on plasma glucose levels is less than its GI – in other words very low.
For this reason, Zespri® Kiwifruit is a healthy option for people with a reduced tolerance to glucose, for example people with diabetes.
Zespri Kiwifruit helps to manage blood sugar levels so is a perfect food option for people watching their sugar intake.
Zespri Kiwifruit is one of the few foods to contain folate. This is vital for the formation of red blood cells, which allow us to make efficient use of oxygen, iron and other minerals. Folate performs important functions in the healthy body, and sufficiently high levels are needed before and during pregnancy. It is also vital for infant growth.
Fresh Zespri Kiwifruit is a good source of folate. Cooking destroys folate so, rather than eating cooked green vegetables, why not try a fresh Zespri Kiwifruit?
Pregnant or trying to conceive? Your doctor will definitely recommend folic acid. This B vitamin helps the development of genetic material. Of course you cannot get all the folic acid that you need during pregnancy from kiwifruit but Zespri Kiwifruit is an excellent, natural and tasty addition to the folic acid that your doctor prescribes. The recommended daily allowance in Europe is 200 mcg, in the USA, the daily value is set at 400 mcg.
Potassium is an important mineral for the development of many different body functions.
Zespri Kiwifruit is a natural source of potassium which helps maintain normal muscle function.
Fresh foods such as fruit, green vegetables and cereals or wholemeal bread are generally high in potassium and low in sodium.
Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, helping to reduce the damage caused by oxidation.
Zespri Kiwifruit are bursting with a wide range of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, E and polyphenols.
Although vitamin E levels are not that high in Zespri Green kiwifruit, Zespri Gold and SunGold Kiwifruit contain a relatively high quantity of vitamin E compared to other fruit. Research has shown a significant increase in plasma antioxidant levels after eating kiwifruit , as compared to eating other fruit and foods.
The polyphenols present in both Zespri Green and Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit also have an antioxidant effect. There is strong evidence showing that eating foods with polyphenic compounds contributes to good overall health. Kiwifruit contains flavonoids (compounds derived from polyphenols) which also contribute to its antioxidant properties.