Papaya: Nutritional facts, benefits and valuesby Sanhita Bhattacharya No Comments fitness-health food_nutrition general hygiene
"I'm a really huge fan of papaya juice"- Andy Milonakis (American actor, writer, rapper, streamer, and comedian)
Once upon a time papaya was an exotic fruit which is now available throughout the year all over the world. Christopher Columbus described it as the "fruit of the angels" which is quite true based on the delicious appearance and taste that it has. Papaya is mainly a summer fruit because it grows the most in summer. But papaya trees produce fruits throughout the year. This fruit is extremely nutritious. Let us discuss about the nutritional facts and benefits of this fruit.
Our own country, India produces the most papayas in the world according to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). This fruit is enriched with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin C, Carotene, folate and flavonoids. It also has minerals such as potassium, copper, and magnesium, and it also has fiber. Apart from the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants there is also an enzyme called Papain, which helps to treat sports injuries.
What are the benefits of papaya that helps us to stay healthy? Let's take a look.
- Helps to cure and prevent cardiovascular diseases and prevents oxidation of cholesterol.
- It plays an important role to prevent Macular degeneration which is an age-related disease of eyes.
- Beta-carotene in papayas lowers the cancer risk.
- Papain helps indigestion.
- Protects bone health and prevents rheumatoid arthritis as it contains Vitamin C.
- Papaya fights inflammation with the help of Choline.
- Mashed papayas fight against skin damage. Ointments containing the Papain enzyme help to treat Decubitus ulcers or bedsores.
- Vitamin A in papaya helps to keep our hair moisturized.
There are many ways to eat papayas. You can make a juice out of it. In India we often use it as a vegetable and cook it deliciously with other spices. No matter whichever way you take papaya is always nutritious and gives us lots of benefits.