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Health benefits of Pawpaw

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Pawpaw grow in tropical climates and are also known as papaya. Their sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of health benefits they provide make them a popular fruit.

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Pawpaw, a previously exotic and rare fruit, is now available at most times of the year.

The possible health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.

Pawpaws are a soft, fleshy fruit that can be used in a wide variety of culinary ways. Here we will explore more on the health benefits of pawpaw

Fast facts on pawpaw:

  1. Papaya is native to Mexico. However, it grows naturally in the Caribbean and Florida too.
  2. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), India produces the most papayas – over 5 million tons in 2013.
  3. It can be added to salads, smoothies, and other dishes.

Benefits

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Asthma prevention
  • Cancer
  • Bone health
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion
  • Heart disease
  • Inflammation
  • Skin and healing
  • Hair health

Pawpaws are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one single medium fruit provides 224 percent of recommended daily intake.

One medium papaya has approximately:

  • 120 calories
  • 30 grams of carbohydrate – including 5 grams of fiber and 18 grams of sugar
  • 2 grams of protein

Papayas are also a good source of:

  • folate
  • vitamin A
  • magnesium
  • copper
  • pantothenic acid
  • fiber

They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes.

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