Papaya

Papaya (Carica papaya) aka:lechoza, mamão, penpe, papol, fruta bomba, and pawpaw (though not to be confused with the american pawpaw) is a fibrous orange fruit with a green to yellow leather-like skin, and a center full of fibers and little black seeds.

Health Benefits of Papaya:
  • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Reduced Cancer Risk
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Slowing Aging
  • DNA Repair and Protection
  • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Alzheimer's Protection
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Papaya contains papain which is a pain killer and known to aid in digestion. Papaya is often used to treat stomach ache.
    *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Papaya, and may not necessarily be related to Papaya.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Papaya: Vitamin A | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Potassium |

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Nutrition Facts
Papayas raw                   
Serving Size 100g
Calories 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.26g0%
    Saturated Fat 0.081g0%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 8mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 10.8g4%
    Dietary Fiber 1.7g7%
    Sugar 7.8g~
Protein 0.5g~
Vitamin A19%Vitamin C102%
Calcium2%Iron1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 950IU19%
    Retinol equivalents 47μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 2μg~
    Beta-carotene 274μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 589μg~
Vitamin C 60.9mg102%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.3mg1%
Vitamin K 2.6μg3%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.023mg2%
Riboflavin 0.027mg2%
Niacin 0.357mg2%
Pantothenic acid 0.191mg2%
Vitamin B6 0.038mg2%
Folate 37μg9%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 37μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 37μg~
Choline 6.1mg~
Lycopene 1828μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 89μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.25mg1%
Magnesium 21mg5%
Phosphorus 10mg1%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 182mg5%
Zinc 0.08mg1%
Copper 0.045mg2%
Manganese 0.04mg2%
Selenium 0.6μg1%
Water 88.06g~
Ash 0.39g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio4.27
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio0.23
Total Omega 3s47mg
18D3 Linolenic47mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s11mg
18D211mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine 5mg1%
Isoleucine 8mg1%
Leucine 16mg1%
Lysine 25mg1%
Methionine 2mg0%
Phenylalanine 9mg1%
Threonine 11mg1%
Tryptophan 8mg3%
Valine 10mg1%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
2.15%
Percent Water Composition 88.1%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.05

How to choose Papaya: Look for brightly colored papayas that yield softly to the touch. Avoid papayas that are mushy, or have discolorations.

Climate and origin: Papayas originated in Central and South America but have spread to most any place with a tropical climate.

Taste: A papaya's taste and texture will vary widely based on when it was picked and how ripe it is when you eat it. Properly ripened, a papaya will be very sweet and almost mushy. Most people discard papaya seeds, though dried seeds have been used as a substitute for black pepper.

Miscellaneous information: Due to papain, papaya has long been used as a meat tenderizer in South America. The papain is also made into a gel like paste and used to treat cuts or skin irritation. Papayas are used in Asia as a contraceptive and in South America they are renowned for being an aphrodisiac.

Similar tasting produce: Mamey Sapote, Persimmon



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