Digestive Health

Thanks to its fibre and actinidin content and its positive effects on gastric and intestinal digestion, Zespri Green Kiwifruit has clear benefits for digestive health.

Zespri Kiwifruit Zespri Kiwifruit are a source of both insoluble and soluble fibre. We need to eat both in our daily diets.

Zespri KiwifruitActinidin is a unique digestive enzyme found in kiwifruits.

TOTAL FIBRE CONTENT
(g/100g)
1.4
Zespri SunGold KiwifruitZespri SunGold Kiwifruit
3.0
Zespri SunGold KiwifruitZespri Green Kiwifruit
2.6
Bananas
2.4
Oranges

2.0
Strawberries
1.8
Mangos
1.8
Papayas
1.4
Pineapples

0.9
Grapes

0.4
Watermelons

Zespri Kiwifruit are a source of fibre. Regular consumption of Zespri Kiwifruit contributes to good digestive health by:

  • Reduction in bloated feelings
  • Improving bowel habits
  • Positive alterations in intestinal enzymes which stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibition of harmful bacteria.

Actinidin is a cysteine protease enzyme found in kiwifruit, which breaks down proteins and facilitates gastric digestion. This natural enzyme has the ability to break-down a wide range of food proteins more completely and faster than the digestive enzymes can do on their own.

Here are some of the digestive benefits of actinidin:

  • Reducing the glucose absorption rate, so that the GI is lowered and blood sugar levels remain stable
  • Increasing the sense of fullness, since the fibre acts to increase viscosity and slow gastric emptying
  • Increasing the frequency of bowel movements
  • Reducing the sensation of bloatedness
  • Reducing the time of intestinal transit

* Nutrient Adequacy Score, USDA Nutrient Database 2012 (Release 25); New Zealand FOODfiles 2012 Version 01

Zespri Kiwifruit Zespri Kiwifruit are a source of both insoluble and soluble fibre. We need to eat both in our daily diets.

Zespri KiwifruitActinidin is a unique digestive enzyme found in kiwifruits.