Papayas are an excellent source of antioxidant nutrients, such as carotenes, vitamin C, and flavonoids. They are also a very good source of folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium, and dietary fiber. A 31/2-oz (100 g) serving is about 1/3 of a medium mango and provides 39 calories, 0.6 g of protein, 0.1 g of fat, and 9.8 g of carbohydrate, with 1.8 g of fiber and 5.9 g of natural sugars.
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Michael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Papayas are a tropical fruit. At just 31 calories per half cup, papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A for healthy skin and eye health among other benefits. Papaya is also a good source of potassium, which is essential for healthy blood pressure levels.
In addition to its strong nutrient profile, papayas contain a chemical called papain. Papain is an enzyme that helps break down proteins. It is commonly used as a meat tenderizer.
Next time you’re out for Thai food, consider the fresh papaya salad for a healthy and delicious start or end to your meal.