One papaya (304 grams) provides about 118 calories, contains about 30 grams of carbohydrates, 1.8 grams of protein and 5.4 grams of fibre.
It is a rich source of heart-healthy nutrients Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folates, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K and contains potassium.
Papaya’s powerful antioxidants help prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, while its fibre helps reduce high cholesterol levels.
The fruit protects against colon and prostate cancer.
Its fibre binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, preventing them from damaging colon cells and reducing the risk of cancer.
Its vitamins, beta carotene and folates are synergistic and protect colon cells from free radical damage to their DNA.
The lycopene content, on the other hand, reduces the risk of prostrate cancer.
Papain in papaya reduces inflammation, reducing the severity of symptoms of conditions like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Eat papayas always and your health will improve.