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
DNA Repair and Protection
Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
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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Serving Size 100g
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.26g
Saturated Fat 0.081g
Total Carbohydrate 10.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
*Percent Daily Values
are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending
on your calorie needs.
Vitamin A 950IU
Retinol equivalents 47μg
Vitamin C 60.9mg
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)
D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.3mg
Vitamin K 2.6μg
K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg
K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg
Vitamin B12 0μg
Pantothenic acid 0.191mg
Vitamin B6 0.038mg
Folic Acid 0μg
Food Folate 37μg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 37μg
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio
Total Omega 3s
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)
Total Omega 6s
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)
22D4 Adrenic (AA)
Essential Amino Acids
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget (2000 calories)
Percent Water Composition
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g)
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.
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