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.
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:
- Papaya is native to Mexico. However, it grows naturally in the Caribbean and Florida too.
- According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), India produces the most papayas – over 5 million tons in 2013.
- It can be added to salads, smoothies, and other dishes.
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Asthma prevention
- Bone health
- Heart disease
- 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:
- vitamin A
- pantothenic acid
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.