Papayas are delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and good for you. What’s not to love? Originally from Central America, this fruit is soft, and in most cases, very sweet. Did you know that this tropical and exotic fruit is also very good for you?
Did you know papayas are full of antioxidants? These antioxidants in papayas help to reduce oxidative stress and iron. Oxidative stress has been shown to lead to disease. Along with antioxidants, papayas are rich in vitamin-c, which has many great benefits such as promoting heart health and immunity.
In addition to the antioxidants in papayas, this popular fruit has many anticancer properties. For example, the lycopene in papayas can reduce cancer risk. According to Healthline, “Among 14 fruits and vegetables with known antioxidant properties, only papaya demonstrated anticancer activity in breast cancer cells.”
A fun fact about papayas is that they contain an enzyme called papain, which is why it is often used to tenderize meat. Papain helps to break down the proteins in meat. This enzyme can also help with digestion. In fact, individuals have reported less bloating and constipation after eating papaya for 40 days. Make sure to either cook or stray away from unripe papayas, because they contain higher levels of papaya latex.
Aside from the many health benefits that papayas have to offer, there are so many ways to consume papayas. They make for a great snack and go great in smoothies, salads, salad dressings, desserts, and even salsa. I highly recommend putting lemon on your papaya for a refreshing snack or meal.
This fruit is best when it’s cold and is even easy to cut open. All you must do is wash it, cut it in half lengthwise, remove the black seeds in the middle and you are good to go! With the peak season of this fruit being early summer and fall, you will not want to miss out on all the potential of papayas!