What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Kiwi Every Day

We've all heard the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but the phrase may apply to more than just apples. As it turns out, eating kiwis every day will help keep you healthy too. That's because kiwis contain important nutrients. Kiwis are oval-shaped fruits that appear brown and fuzzy on the outside and have vibrant green flesh speckled with tiny black seeds. The tart and juicy fruit is loaded with fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, many of which are associated with a number of health benefits (per Healthline). 

Because kiwis are so rich in fiber, they can help aid digestion and promote healthy gut bacteria. Not only that, they're super high in vitamin C, with just one kiwi providing around 80% of the recommended daily value. According to Healthline, vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body and helps with immune function. Kiwis also are a very good source of vitamin E, another nutrient with antioxidant effects. A 2018 systematic review published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that both vitamins C and E are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. 

Kiwis can reduce oxidative damage

As a great source of antioxidants, kiwis can help prevent oxidative stress, a condition when there is an excess of free radicals in the body's cells (per Medical News Today). Oxidative stress over time can lead to cell damage, contribute to aging, and play a role in the development of diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.  

In a 2021 study published in the scientific journal Nutrients, elite runners who ate kiwis regularly over a period of time saw a reduction in oxidative stress caused by their intense physical training. According to Matthew Kadey, MS, RD via Runner's World, when athletes work out hard they take in a large amount of oxygen, which increases the number of free radicals (unstable molecules) in the body, which in turn leads to oxidative stress. Study participants who ate two kiwis every day for a month, however, saw a reduction in the amount of damage caused by oxidative stress.