Kiwifruit is one of the world's most nutritious fruits. Eating just one kiwifruit provides an adult with his or her daily requirement of vitamin C. It is also a great source of dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, mineral potassium and copper.

Studies have shown that more than one type of pesticide has been found in 25% of non-organic kiwifruit. These pesticides are known to affect the hormone system. Now, if that's not enough to convince you to eat organic, below are some more reasons why you should choose organic kiwifruit -

  • Kiwifruit contains an abundant amount of nutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants include both vitamin C & E.
  • The vitamin C in kiwifruit helps cleanse the body of impurities, boosts the immune system against colds and flu, helps repair the body and combats the effects of aging and stress. Vitamin C can also reduce the severity of conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and help in preventing conditions such as colon cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetic heart disease.
  • The vitamin E in kiwifruit also helps cleanse the body, lower high cholesterol, protects blood cells, muscles, lung and nerve tissue.
  • Kiwifruit has a wealth of phytonutrients, including: carotenoids, lutein, phenolics, flavonoids and chlorophyll.
  • Kiwifruit aids in the digestion process, due to the enzyme actinidin.
  • Kiwifruit helps to prevent the mutation of genes that may initiate the cancer process, as it contains an antimutagenic component.
  • Kiwifruit is a great source of dietary fibre. This fibre can reduce high cholesterol levels, which in turn may reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Fibre is also good for binding and removing toxins from the colon which therefore helps in reducing the risk of colon cancer. It also helps remove potentially harmful substances from the body and finally fibre is also good in keeping the blood sugar levels of diabetics under control.
  • Kiwifruit is low in sodium and high in potassium.
  • Kiwifruit contains more potassium than a banana or citrus fruits.
  • Kiwifruit contains an amino acid, arginine, which has been used in the treatment of impotence in men.
  • Kiwifruit contains serotonin, which causes a calming affect in most people.
  • Kiwifruit contains minerals (electrolytes) essential for replenishing those minerals lost during exercise.
  • Kiwifruit is among the small number of foods that contain measurable amounts of oxalates. Oxalates are a salt or ester of oxalic acid that is a naturally occurring substance in plants, animals and humans. When a high amount of oxalates are concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallise and cause health problems, so it is recommended that people who have kidney or gallbladder problems avoid eating kiwifruit.
How to select and store kiwifruit
  • Unripe fruit will be firm to touch, it is best to buy firm kiwifruits and let them ripen after purchase
  • When selecting kiwifruit to eat, apply gentle pressure. Ripe kiwifruit will give to gentle pressure and will have the sweetest taste with a fragrant smell.
  • Avoid very soft skin, shriveled or those which are bruised or have soft/damp spots.
  • The shape of a kiwifruit should be plump and oblong, with thin brown fuzzy skin.
  • Flavor is mild and sweet.
  • Kiwifruit can be left to ripen for a few days to a week at room temperature, away from direct light or heat.
  • Placing them in a paper bag with an apple, banana or pear will speed up the ripening process as these fruits produce ethylene gas.
  • Ripe kiwifruits can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.
  • If you want to store ripe kiwifruit for longer than a few days, place the kiwi in a plastic bag in the fridge, as the plastic bag helps reduce moisture loss and keeps the kiwi fresh for longer.
  • Once opened the flesh is emerald green with tiny edible black seeds.
Enjoying a couple of kiwifruit may significantly help protect your health - who would have thought that something that tastes so good could also be beneficial to your health! Gives a whole new meaning to the saying that "good things come in small packages"!!!

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Benefits of Certified Organic Potatoes

Posted on September 20, 2006 by Sarmaad

I was shocked and amazed while watching television the other night. During a commercial break a new product was being advertised to consumers, I couldn't believe what they will come up with! This particular ad was advertising mashed potatoes, but in powder form which you buy in a packet. Now how beneficial would this actually be to your body?

Here are same interesting facts about potatoes:

  • Organic potatoes contain a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with higher amounts of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates and heavy metals than conventional crops.
  • Potatoes are also a great source of vitamin B6, copper, potassium, antioxidants and dietary fibre.
  • The starch in them is readily digestible and converted into glucose.
  • Potatoes contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Photonutrients are potent antioxidants that can neutralize free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances that, if left unchecked, can lead to premature aging and disease.
  • Conventionally grown potatoes are known to be among the top vegetables that contain a high concentration of pesticide residue . It is recommended that you eat only organically grown potatoes in order to reduce the risk of sickness caused by pesticides.
  • Potatoes are good for stomach ulcer, duodenum ulcer and stomach acidity and offer a significant protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Potatoes should be eaten with their skins, as most of the nutrients are concentrated just under the skin.
  • Potatoes are a low calorie, high fibre food.
Now that we know something about the benefits of potatoes lets take a look at the best way to store them and what to look for when choosing potatoes.

  • While conventional potatoes are stored in a plastic bag, this is not the correct way for storage as this causes a build up of moisture that can negatively affect the potatoes. Potatoes should always be placed in paper bags.
  • Never store potatoes near onions, as the gases that they each emit will cause both vegetables to deteriorate.
  • Keep potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place. Remember the higher temperatures, (even room temperature), will cause the potatoes to sprout and dehydrate prematurely.
  • Potatoes should never be exposed to sunlight, this can cause the development of toxic alkaloid SOLANINE to form (when the potato becomes green, the green colour is chlorophyll, which is not harmful, however the same process of photosynthesis that produces chlorophyll also produces compounds called glycoalkaloids, such as SOLANINE, that is toxic in large amounts) this has been found to not only impart an undesirable taste, but can also cause a host of different health conditions such as circulatory and respiratory depression, headaches and diarrhea. Cut away and discard any green portions before cooking.
  • Potatoes should never be stored in the fridge as this causes their starch content to turn into sugar, giving an undesirable taste.
  • When choosing potatoes make sure they are well-shaped, relatively smooth and firm. Avoid potatoes with wrinkled skins, soft dark spots, cut surfaces or a green appearance.
  • Conventional stores will offer already cleaned potatoes. This should be avoided as when their protective coating is removed by washing, potatoes are more vulnerable to bacteria.
At the Organic Grocer, we offer as our main type and most popular potato the Sebago. When you're not sure of what potato to buy the Sebago potatoes are a good "all-purpose" potato - it can by mashed, fried, baked or boiled.

All potatoes at the Organic Grocer are inspected, unwashed and stored in paper bags so they come to you, the consumer, in top form!

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