Go for Gold with Zespri
Sports performance is linked to proper nutrition, not only in relation to energy intake but also through the combination of nutrients that help to protect against tissue damage caused by over-exertion.
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, Zespri Kiwifruit is a perfect choice for sports people of all ages.
Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is a perfect pre-exercise snack due to its sugar content and low glycemic index (GI) score of 38. This means that carbohydrates are not taken up so rapidly by the body and glucose is slowly released into the bloodstream. A healthier blood sugar control will curb your sugar highs and lows, helping you to avoid the feelings of tiredness and hunger throughout the day.
Rich in vitamin C, a single Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit provides 100 percent of the daily requirement for this vitamin and can help to keep you in tip-top condition for training and competition. Many of us know that Vitamin C is essential for the structure and function of our skeletal muscle. But did you know that Vitamin C is quickly lost from your body, so to support your training you should top up daily.
Running is a high impact activity and our muscle tissues suffer multiple micro-tears after each session. Protein plays an important role in the diet for active people as it supports the repair process. Actinidin, the enzyme found in Zespri Kiwifruit, helps to break down the proteins in the diet and make them easier to absorb. Eating Zespri Kiwifruit along with a protein-rich diet will help the digestion and absorption process, aiding recover after exercise. Click here to view some of our delicious recipes that can support your sports performance.