With a colour that screams all things tropical, papayas not only have a refreshing flavour, but also offer a bunch of health benefits. Hailed as a superfruit, here’s a peek at some of its benefits .
Rich in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants, papayas are a tasty way to prevent cholesterol buildup in ateries.
A medium-sized papaya has just about 120 calories and lots of fibre (which promotes a feeling of satiety), making it an ideal addition to your diet if you’re watching your weight.
Papayas are good for diabetics. Despite being sweet, they have a low glycemic index. In fact, a cup of sliced papaya has only 8.3gm of sugar.
Papayas also promote optimal eye health as they’re rich in rich in Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cyptoxanthin and lutein. These keep the mucus membranes in eyes healthy, and prevent them from damage.
Papain, a digestive enzyme found in papaya, along with the fibre helps regulate and improve digestive health.
A single fresh, ripe papaya has about 61.8mg of vitamin C (far highger than a single serving of oranges or lemons). Vitamin C helps boost immunity and including papayas in your diet can be a delicious way to keep infections at bay.