There’s a new kiwi on the block: gold. In fact, there are three varieties: Gold kiwifruit, SunGold kiwifruit and Charm kiwifruit. Did you know that the Gold variety is packed with more nutrients than the regular green variety and that you can obtain the recommended daily intake of vitamin C in just one serving?
The vitamin C content can help decrease fatigue and increase mental energy, making them a great way to kick start your day and a great breakfast addition for a delicious, nutritious boost. Not only are they high in vitamin C, but they’re also high in fibre, potassium, vitamin E and folate. The best part? They taste sweeter than the green kind, which means less tartness, if that’s what your tastebuds prefer.
“[Gold kiwifruit] offer a serious breakfast boost, with an army of nutrients other fruits could only dream of – in fact there’s twenty nutrients and minerals in each piece,” says accredited practising dietitian Geraldine Georgeou. “Zespri gold kiwifruits also contain actinidin, a protease enzyme unique to kiwifruits which helps us digest several food proteins, including those found in meat, milk, legumes and cereal.”
So not only do they improve various digestive functions, but it is also beneficial for health conditions such as diabetes, as it has a low glycaemic index. It’s packed with antioxidants, has a low calorie content and low GI value. The best part? It contains a variety of properties that are great for skin rejuvenation. We spoke to dietician Geraldine Georgeou to find out why Gold kiwifruit is the newest anti-ageing superfood.
5 reasons gold kiwifruit is great for skin rejuvenation by dietician Geraldine Georgeou
As mentioned above, Gold and SunGold Kiwifruits are a great way to start the day as one of the world’s most nutrient-rich fruits. They offer a veritable goldmine of nutrients including fibre, potassium, vitamin E and folate. But what you may not know is that they have many beauty secrets too, here’s why:
Vitamin C for a healthy glow
- SunGold Kiwifruits have three times more vitamin C than oranges (bite vs. bite). This gives your complexion and immune system the extra boost it needs. The Australian recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 40 mg. One SunGold Kiwifruit a day gives the daily requirement of vitamin C!
- Vitamin C plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin. It is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical (unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness) damage.
- Consumption of two Gold Kiwifruits an hour before bedtime will help you fall asleep quicker.
- Sleep more soundly and feel better rested when you wake up in the morning. Seven or eight hours of sleep is ideal. When we are asleep, our cells rebuild and repair themselves (the growth hormone functions only at night). If you don’t sleep, this function is impaired.
- Among health and beauty junkies, Kiwifruits are popular ingredients in DIY face masks. Rich in alpha hydroxyl fruit acids, vitamins C, E and K. Kiwifruit is ideal for exfoliating, nourishing and anti-ageing.
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Low GI Index
- The Glycaemic Index (GI) indicates the amount of glucose that is released during digestion from carbohydrates into the blood system. High GI foods with a score of 70 or more cause blood glucose levels to rise rapidly. This sudden spike triggers the pancreas to produce high levels of insulin, which stimulates hormones associated with acne. Low GI foods with a score of 55 or less, such as Gold Kiwifruit (49) and SunGold Kiwifruit (38), are slowly digested and absorbed, causing blood glucose levels to rise slowly over time and have a lower insulin response.
Vitamin E for skin repair
- Gold and SunGold contain a relatively high quantity of vitamin E compared to other fruit – 1.32mg (Gold) and 1.42mg (SunGold). Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin. Antioxidants are nutrients that can neutralise the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that can damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles
- Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants and is an essential fatty acid which your body cannot produce. This means you have to make sure you’re getting enough of this valuable nutrient in your diet. Eating foods high in vitamin E can help prevent premature aging of your skin and damage to your DNA.