As a Diabetic, I feel bad that I can't try new and exotic fruits like others.
How many time have we thought or heard such statements in our own minds or heard from individuals having Type 2 Diabetes? It's undeniable that eating a fruit is a delicious way to not only satisfy your cravings but to also quell hunger and meet daily nutritional needs. But it's also hard to refute the fact that most fruits contain a lot of sugar which may cause a rapid rise in your sugar levels leading to further health issues. So is there no way of knowing if eating a Kiwi fruit can be justified? How much of Kiwi can we consume such that the benefits outweigh the risks? Let's find out.
The Kiwi fruit is native to China and was first known as 'Chinese Gooseberry' by the English. This oval-shaped fruit has fuzzy brown skin exteriorly with a green inside and having small black seeds, all of which are edible. Seeds from China were introduced to New Zealand in the 1900 and was therefore later renamed in 1959 because of its appearance being similar to the New Zealand's national bird - The Kiwi.
In India, Kiwi is grown in some regions of Himachal Pradesh and parts of Kerala. The two most commonly available varieties in India are the Green Kiwis and Golden Kiwis.
1. Green Kiwis or Hayward Variety : This the most common variety of Kiwis that are found gracing the shelves of middle to high-end stores in your city. It is oval shaped with a brownish outer skin, and bright green flesh inside with tiny, edible black seeds. It contains a full days requirement of Vitamin C along with dietary fibre, Vitamin K, Amino acids, Vitamin B6 and several antioxidants.
2. Golden Kiwis : They are sweeter than the normal green kiwifruit and having smooth, hairless golden brown skin, with soft and sweet yellow flesh inside. It is a great source of Vitamin C, dietary fibre, folate and other minerals and antioxidants, making it one of the most nutrient-dense fruits available and invented by grafting and cross- pollinating different types of kiwifruit.
Kiwi Fruit may sometimes cause Allergic Reactions with symptoms like having Trouble swallowing, Vomiting and Hives in people who are allergic to it.
Some good substitutes for Kiwi Fruit are -
Step 1 : Cut Kiwi and any other diabetes friendly fruits like Oranges and Apples
Step 2 : Add a tablespoon of Hung Curd and mix till it sufficiently coats the fruits
Step 3 : Garnish by sprinkling a mixture of Seeds on top.
Step 1 : Mash the pulp of the Kiwifruit
Step 2 : Roll it into mashed Cottage cheese
Step 3 : Top it up with some chopped Nuts
Step 4 : Garnish and decorate with a slice of kiwifruit on the top.
Layer 1 : Chop the Kiwi fruit into cubes and put it into a bowl
Layer 2 : Spread a layer of roasted seeds and oats on top of the cubes
Layer 3 : Add another layer of Kiwi Cubes
Layer 4 : Spread a layer of Greek Yogurt
Layer 5 : Add a final layer of Kiwi cubes
Layer 6 : Garnish with chopped nuts and serve it cold.
Kiwi Fruit being a fruit with low GI and Glycemic load is an ideal choice for People with diabetes. Being very high in vitamin C, Dietary fibre, folate and antioxidants it definitely tops the list. Make sure to consult a Diabetes Expert Nutritionist before including it in your diet.
About 69-75 gm serving is safe to consume on a daily basis as a part of a morning or evening snack.
Some of the major side effects of Kiwi are allergic reactions, rashes and swelling, overeating can cause pancreatitis, and diarrhea. Always consult with your Diabetes expert before consuming anything new.
There are so many health benefits to the Kiwi Fruit that it is impossible to dislike or resist. They are a winning combination of electrolytes for blood pressure reduction, the folate lowers the risk of strokes. and their fiber content helps keep cholesterol levels down. They are a great substitute in place of salty processed snacks, thus promoting weight loss and stabilising blood sugars. If you're still unsure, dont worry-theres more! Kiwis are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, offer fiber, antioxidants and provide more than your daily requirements of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. So all you need now is to stop reading and order a boxful of Kiwis right away.