Benefits of kiwi
Kiwi is a food that supports immune system of your baby. Vitamin C is on top of the list of substances that boost the immune system and the reason for this is the role of Vitamin C in increasing production of red blood cells and antibodies in the blood that fight against infection. What's more is that it raises the interferon level, a natural protein that is effective on all viruses known. Interferon coats the surface of cells and inhibits all viruses. And benefits of kiwi cover all this. So don't forget to include this Vitamin C source in your shopping list. Keep in mind that kiwi has higher Vitamin C content than orange and tangerine.
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Keep in mind
Kiwi is generally picked before it is ripe. So some part of it may still be unripe when we buy it. If kiwi you buy is not soft enough and you want to use it immediately, place it inside a paper bag with one apple or a banana. Keep the paper bag on the counter for a while. Within latest two days, you will see it growing ripe.
Under normal conditions, you can keep green kiwiin the fridge for 3-4 weeks. You may keep it outside the fridge for 1 week.
Kiwi contains an element called actinidin. This is a proteolytic enzyme. So if you wish to eat kiwi with yoghurt, you will need to serve it right after you mix it with yoghurt. If you wait longer, actinidin will decompose the protein inside the yoghurt and your mixture will become very juicy.
Acidic structure of kiwi may cause rash and eruption. If your baby is inclined to rashes and eruption, you may wait until your baby is 10-12 months old to introduce kiwi to him.
Kiwi may cause allergy in some people. If there is anyone in your family who is allergic to kiwi, be cautious while giving kiwi to your baby. It is known that people who are allergic to latex, pineapple and sesame are also allergic to kiwi. If your baby is allergenic to any of these, it is better that you don't give your baby kiwi.
Symptoms of allergy caused by kiwi are pain in the mouth, swelling of the lips and tongue and vomiting. In some rare conditions, it may cause shortness of breath in some hypersensitive people.
If your baby has reflux, wait until he is one before giving him kiwi.
You must consult your doctor before giving your baby kiwi.
You may worry about small seeds of kiwi. You may think whether these may stick in your baby's throat. You are the one who knows the best about what your baby will or will not do. Generally babies don't have such a problem with kiwi. But there is no harm in being cautious.
Nutritional value per 1 medium sized kiwi;
66 IU Vitamin A
70.5 mg Vitamin C
02 mg Vitamin B1
02 mg Vitamin B2
26 mg Niacin
19 mcg Folate 237 mg Potassium 26 mg Phosphor
13 mg Magnesium
26 mg Calcium
2 mg Sodium
Benefits of kiwi