Kiwifruit has other properties that are beneficial for health, such as its high vitamin C content.
Dr Lee pointed out: “The SunGold kiwifruit contains almost three times more vitamin C than organs and strawberries.
“Vitamin C is vital for collagen production and the formation of neurotransmitters and a potent antioxidant.
“High levels of vitamin C are also needed to activate the immune system and can reduce the number of days of illness from the common cold.
“Increasing the intake of vitamin C through kiwi and any other source can help the absorption of iron.”
Eating as little as half a kiwi fruit per day can lead to a significant increase in plasma vitamin C levels.
Kiwifruit also contains high levels of vitamin E, folate and potassium. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
Dr Lee said: “Although folate is found in leafy green vegetables, levels are reduced from boiling, hence eating raw kiwi fruit is an excellent natural source of folate.
“Kiwifruit is low in sodium but high in potassium. Eating more potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure.”