Papaya (1 kg)

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Papaya is a tropical fruit which is native to Mexico. It belongs to “Caricaceae” family and “Carica” genus. It is a fast growth plant which has long fruiting period and contains high nutritional value. Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the "fruit of the angels" by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year.

A ripe papaya will have a creamy, butter-like texture with a mild to fairly sweet flavor. While the flesh is slightly firmer in larger varieties, the flesh should almost melt in your mouth without the need for any chewing. The flavor is most often likened to that of a cantaloupe melon or certain varieties of mango.

 

Papaya Nutrition Facts:

One small papaya (152 grams) contains:

  • Calories: 59
  • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Vitamin C: 157% of the RDI
  • Vitamin A: 33% of the RDI
  • Folate (vitamin B9): 14% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 11% of the RDI
  • Trace amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B3, B5, E and K.

Papayas also contain healthy antioxidants known as carotenoids particularly one type called lycopene.

Health Benefits of Papaya :

Here are some nutritional highlights:

  • Papaya has powerful antioxidant effects, which may reduce oxidative stress and lower your risk of several diseases.
  • Early research suggests that the antioxidants in papaya may reduce cancer risk and perhaps even slow cancer progression.
  • Papaya's high vitamin C and lycopene content can improve heart health and may reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Chronic inflammation is at the root of many diseases. Papayas are very high in carotenoids that can reduce inflammation.
  • Papaya has been shown to improve constipation and other symptoms of IBS. The seeds and other parts of the plant have also been used to treat ulcers.
  • The powerful antioxidants in papaya can help your skin recover from sun damage and may defend against wrinkling.

How to Eat Papaya:

  • One of the easiest ways to enjoy papaya is raw.
  • Wait until the fruit ripens, and then remove the seeds (set them aside if using) and use a spoon or paring knife to scoop out the fruit.
  • Papaya can be eaten by itself, or added to salads, desserts, and smoothies.

Papaya is a delicious fruit that is best enjoyed ripe. Try adding this healthy and delicious fruit to your diet today.


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