Health Tips: Papaya: One medium sized papaya’s nutritional value decoded (and the benefits are discussed)​

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – May 24, 2023, 07:00 IST

​Papaya is eaten as a vegetable and also as a fruit​

In India, raw papaya is very popular as a vegetable in several states like Odisha, West Bengal and once it is ripe it is eaten as a fruit.

In this article we will discuss the nutritional value of ripe papaya and the various health benefits it offers.

​Ripe papaya consists of the following nutrients​

A fully grown, naturally ripened papaya consists of folate, vitamin A, fiber, copper, magnesium, potassium and pantothenic acid.

These nutrients are extremely useful in performing several important bodily functions even though they are required in micrograms.

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​A medium sized papaya consists of​

A medium sized papaya which is approximately 275 grams consists of 1.3 grams of proteins, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 4.7 grams of dietary fiber, 119 calories and 21.58 grams of sugar.

(The data has been sourced from WebMD)

Health benefits papaya offers

Papaya contains antioxidants which protect the heart from several risks. Papaya has papain and chymopapain which help in digestion and also help with inflammatory conditions like arthritis and asthma.

Papaya is also loaded with vitamin C which is a booster for the immunity system.

Lycopene, a natural pigment present in papaya, protects from prostate cancer.

​Papaya allergy​

Many people experience papaya allergy.

Common allergies to papaya are colitis or inflammatory bowel disease, anaphylaxis which is characterized by itchy skin, swollen eyes, and lightheadedness.

If you feel uneasiness after consuming papaya, please visit your doctor at the earliest.

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