Authentic Food of the Day: Papaya

Deliciously sweet with a butter-like consistency, papaya is a favorite fruit for many. The vibrant color of the fruit flesh reflects the abundance of beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxathin, two carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A for powerful antioxidant protection. Papayas are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and zinc. If you are looking to include more fiber in your diet, papaya is a good source, helping to promote healthy digestion. In addition to the fiber content,¬†papayas¬†contain papain, an enzyme that digests proteins. This makes papaya a helpful fruit for anybody who suffers from poor digestion. Papayas have been shown to be very helpful in promoting healthy lungs, a strong immune system, and a healthy heart. It’s also a good food for promoting inflammatory balance in the body as it comtains chymopapain.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Papaya trees are actually herbs that grow 10 to 12 feet high!

– Don’t throw away the seeds in papayas. They have a peppery taste and can be used in place of black pepper. Try adding it to salad dressings!