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KIWIFRUIT HAS IMPRESSIVE ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY

 


Antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids are naturally abundant in fruits and vegetables. By eating five or more servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day, we may be able to reduce our risk of various forms of cancer. Compared to other whole fruits for levels of total antioxidants present, kiwifruit was found to have an impressive profile.

 

ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY OF FRUITS 1,2
Orange 6.82
Red grapes 5.99
Kiwifruit 5.54
Pink grapefruit 4.54
White grapes 2.89
Banana 2.10
Apple 1.92
Tomato 1.57
Pear 1.23
Melon 0.88


One-third of cancer deaths are caused by a variety of dietary factors. According to the American Cancer Society, studies suggest that people who eat more fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants have a lower risk of cancer. By comparison, clinical studies of antioxidant supplements have not demonstrated a reduction in cancer risk. Michael Murray, a naturopathic physician at Bastyr University in Seattle and author of Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, says, "The benefit [of nutritional supplements] only goes so far. A person cannot make up for poor dietary habits by taking either drugs or supplements."3

 

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