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Nutritional Facts of Papaya

Nutritional Facts of Papaya

Papaya, as we know is one of the important fruits, that contain a number of essential components required by our body. Papaya is a tropical fruit and one of the 22 accepted species in the genus Carica of the family Caricaceae. Papaya’s origin is Central America and grows best in the tropical region where there is plenty of rain available.

The raw Papaya pulp contains about 88% water, 11% carbohydrates and negligible quantities of fat and protein. It has a high content of Vitamin C (about 75% of the daily value). It also contains folate. The skin, pulp and seeds contain variety of Phytochemicals like Carotenoids, Polyphenols, Benzyl Isothiocyanates and Benzyl Glucosinates.

Health Benefits

Papaya fruit contains high levels of Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E and good in reducing the risk of heart diseases. Oxidation of Cholesterol is prevented by the antioxidants. The high fiber content also may reduce the risk of heart disease and lowers the cholesterol levls.

The Folic Acid in Papaya converts amino acid Homocysteine into less harmful amino acids. Homocysteine in amino acid is a risk factor for heart disease which is normally found in meat products.

The two Enzymes Papain and Chymopapain contained in Papaya fruit digest proteins. Hence Papaya fruit is helpful in digestion and reducing inflammation. Acute pain from burns or bruises or other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and asthma can be reduced with Papaya.

The immune system is highly benefited by Vitamin C in fighting bacteria and virus. Papaya fruit is a good source of Lycopene which is a natural pigment found in red or orange coloured food items. Eating more Lycopene may reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer.

Nutritional Facts

A medium sized papaya of 275 grams contains approximately

  • Calories: 119
  • Protein: 1.3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30 grams
  • Fat: Less than 1 gram
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.6 grams
  • Sugar: 21.58 grams

Since it contains natural sugars, care should be taken by those who wants to reduce their sugar intake. Otherwise it is a safe fruit to consume and beware some people may be allergic to Papaya fruit. Raw Papaya is used in making some cooked dishes but eating ripe Papaya is much better.

Source of information: WebMD

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