KIWI


Description

The best known species grown in Greece is called the chinensis kiwi (Actinidia chinensis). The fruit of the kiwi is rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber and minerals. It also contains more vitamin C than any other fruit, if only to be consumed immediately after cutting, so as not to lose vitamins. The seed of the plant takes place in the spring and the harvest in mid-October.

Kiwifruit contain numerous phytonutrients as well as well known vitamins and minerals that promote your health.

Kiwifruit has the ability to protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen-related damage. Although the compounds responsible for this activity have not been identified, this protective antioxidant capacity is not limited to vitamin C or beta-carotene content. Since kiwi contains a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids, it may be that these phytonutrients are responsible for this DNA protection.

It is an excellent source of vitamin C, the primary water-soluble antioxidant in the body, neutralizing free radicals that can cause damage to cells and lead to problems such as inflammation and cancer.

Kiwifruit is a very good source of dietary fiber which can reduce high cholesterol levels, thus reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fiber is also good for binding and removing toxins from the colon (preventing colon cancer). In addition, it keeps the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients under control.

Frequent consumption of vitamin C rich fruits protects from respiratory symptoms associated with asthma such as wheezing.

Finally, it significantly lowers the risk for blood clots and reduces the amount triglycerides in the blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health. 

Protein  1.14 g   2.29%DRI
Carbohydrates  14.67 g   6.52%DRI
Fat-total  0.52 g
Dietary fiber  3 g   12%DRI
Calories  61   3.39%DRI
vitamin C  92.70mg   123.62 %DRI
vitamin K  40.30 mcg   44.78%DRI
copper  0.13 mg   14.49%DRI
fiber  3 g   12.03%DRI
vitamin E  1.46 mg   9.71%DRI
potassium  312 mg   8.98%DRI
folate  25 mcg   6.23%DRI
manganese  0.10 mg   5.07%DRI

Microbiological Analysis
Aerobic Total Plate Count (PCA-agar): < 101 cfu/g
Anaerobic Total Plate Count (Brewer’s anaerobic agar) : < 101 cfu/g
Yeasts and Molds (PDA): < 101 cfu/g
Lactic acid bacteria (MRS agar): < 101 cfu/g
Gram- , Lactose fermenters (Mc Conkey agar): < 101 cfu/g
Gram- , Lactose non-fermenters (Mc Conkey agar): < 101 cfu/g
E. coli (Eosin Methylene blue agar): < 101 cfu/g
Micrococcaceae (Mannitol salt agar): < 101 cfu/g
S. aureus (Baird-Parker agar): < 101 cfu/g
L. monocytogenes (Ottaviani and Agosti Listeria agar): < 101 cfu/g
Salmonella (Rappaport-Vassiliadis, Salmonella-Shigella agar, TSI slant): < 101 cfu/g