This fruit that is called the fruit of angels originates from Central America, but it is now cultivated in many places, mostly for it health benefits. Papaya has a large use as a fruit and it is also grown because it contains latex, papain and enzymes that are used in the food industry.
Papaya is first fruit that is genetically modified and therefore you need to be careful when you buy them because about 80% of the fruit that comes from Hawaii is genetically modified. The natural fruit of papaya weights about half a kilogram and can reach to half meter in length. Papaya is orange with yellow or pink spots with black color seeds from the inside; it is soft and sweet, and juicy with strong and pleasant aroma.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA
Papaya is a fruit low in calories. A serving of 100 grams contains 39 calories and zero cholesterol. It is easy to digest and is rich in soluble fiber. It is rich with vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients.
MORE REASONS WHY TO EAT PAPAYA EVERY DAY
Rich in vitamin C
Fresh papaya fruit is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. It contains 103% of recommended daily dose of vitamin C and that is higher than lemon and orange. There are scientific proves about the important role that vitamin C has when it comes to health. It has very important role in destroying free radicals, boost the immune system and it also has anti inflammatory properties. Since papaya is a rich source of vitamin C you need it in your every day nutrition.
Source of vitamin A
Papaya contains antioxidants and flavonoids like beta carotent, luein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. They have powerful antioxidant effect that helps in prevention as well as destroying of free radicals that are the main cause for cancer. With regular use, papaya as fruit rich in beta carotene can provide protection and help treating lung cancer and cancer that affects organs of oral cavity.
Prevention of stroke
Papaya contains a large amount of potassium and calcium. Potassium is important mineral that is responsible for maintaining the health of the cells and fluids in the body and also helps to control the heart rate and normalizing high blood pressure, and that way it protects the heart and provides protection against stroke.
NOTE!!! No matter how healthy it is you need to be careful and try not exaggerating with papaya. It can cause allergies in people that are allergic to latex and is known as latex fruit allergy. Don’t use the seeds if you are pregnant or want to conceive because it has contraceptive effects.