In nutrition, fruits play an important role due to the nutrients, vitamins and minerals these foods provide to the body.
A fruit rich in these nutrients is papaya, which “can be a great option in combination with other fruits and vegetables,” says Vanesa León García, member of the Press Committee of the Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists of Madrid (Addinma ). collected by the portal take care of ourselves.
According to the specialist, the best way to consume this fruit is raw. “Usually the central black seeds are removed, as they have a certain bitter taste. You can also add papaya pulp to the salad, for example, or prepare it in natural juiceeven if in the latter case it loses part of its dietary fiber ”, said the aforementioned portal.
Among the characteristics of this fruit is that it is fleshy, composed mainly of water (about 90 percent of its composition), according to the specialist León, papaya is a “Food in weight control diets and low-fat diets, as its calorie intake is low“.
Among “the possible health benefits of consuming papaya include a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer; they help digestion, improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes, reduce blood pressure and improve wound healing “, as highlighted in the portal Medical news today.
According to specialists, “zeaxanthin, an antioxidant found in papaya, filters the harmful rays of blue light. It is believed to play a protective role in eye health and can prevent macular degeneration. “ Medical news todayalthough he warns that fruit consumption reduces the risk of “age-related macular degeneration”.
Papain is an enzyme found in papaya, essential for digestion, one of the best known benefits that this fruit brings to the body. This fruit “has a high content of fiber and water, which help prevent constipation and promote the regularity and health of the digestive system,” explains the portal.
In the portal mind of the body They also point out that papaya is a water-rich fruit. “In every 100 grams of fresh papaya you will find:
- Calories: 35 kilocalories.
- Protein: 0.5 grams.
- Fat: 0.1 grams.
- Carbohydrates: 7.1 grams.
- Fiber: 1.9 grams.
Experts point out that “half a papaya covers almost double the daily requirement of vitamin C and a quarter of provitamin A in the form of beta-carotene,” says Body Mind, another benefit of consuming this fruit is its folic acid intake. , and nearly 20% vitamin E.
“Potassium, soluble fiber, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, alpha linolenic acid (from the family of omega 3 oils), alkaloids that regulate blood pressure; phenols and lycopene, with antioxidant action ”, are other nutrients that this fruit contains.
Another benefit that the consumption of paya brings to the body are its “anti-inflammatory effects which are used in treatments for internal use to combat tonsillitis, pharyngitis, arthritis, or gout, and for external use, on wounds, bruises, or bites”, So indicates Body Mind.
On the aforementioned website they indicate that “one serving of papaya contains 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A”.
Although many believe that papaya seeds are inedible, they also provide benefits for the body. “Thanks to its antifungal properties, papaya seed can be used as an ally to fight some infections caused by fungi. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, papaya seed extract was shown to be effective against three different strains of fungi, ”points out the Better Health portal.
Another contribution is to help protect kidney health. “In an animal study published in the African Journal of Health Sciences, a papaya seed extract helped prevent kidney damagethus indicated Better for Health, but warns that evidence on this subject is still limited.