Tropical climates provide an abundant variety of fruits and vegetables. The Papaya, an essential and nutritional fruit can be found all year long. Also called Pawpaw, the fruit is harvested 9 months after planting.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, papaya is rich in antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, flavonoids, and vitamin C, as well as some B vitamins (folate and pantothenic acid).  It is also a good source of fiber and minerals such as magnesium. Together, these nutrients help improve cardiovascular health and protect against colon cancer.
What is Papaya?
Papaya is a healthy, juicy, delicious and fragrant fruit. This tropical and popular fruit has been cultivated for many years. It is a pear-shaped fruit that comes in a variety of sizes. When fully ripened, the flesh is a bright orange color with round black seeds covered with gelatin-like substance. The seeds are not edible as they are bitter.
When the skin of the fruit is green the flesh is not sweet. When it starts to ripen the skin will turn yellowish and the flesh will be sweet. The fruit can be found in many local markets.
Health and nutrition benefits of papaya
This wonderful fruit is a low-calorie fruit. It has the following benefits:
- Aids with digestion
- Good for people who are trying to lose weight naturally
- Prevents infections
- Relieves toothache (paste of fresh papaya roots)
- Contains anti-cancer properties
- Use in cosmetic as a revitalizing agent
- May help fight inflammation
- Prevent arthritis
- Improve heart health
- Relieves constipation
- Relieves menstruation
- Classified as being harmful during pregnancy as it can cause contractions which might lead to abortion.
- Eating a large quantity can cause stomach irritation and perforation. It is also perceived as a strong laxative.
- Avoid eating seeds as they contain traces of an enzyme called carpine. This enzyme is toxic and can cause many issues with the nervous system.
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