Papaya is a tropical fruit original from central America and Mexico. It is a fairly large fruit with many seeds in the centre, like melons, which are edible but have a bitter taste. The flesh is orange, soft and sweet. Its main feature is that it contains papain, and lots of vitamin c and a. It also has moderate amounts of potassium and folic acid.
All of these nutrients will provide a powerful antioxidant effect, which neutralize free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and prevent many diseases, including cancer and stroke. Fibre, potassium, vitamin c and polyphenolic compounds also help cardiovascular health, reducing cholesterol and regulating blood pressure. Fibre and papain also they improve digestion regulating intestinal transit and soothing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Papaya is a very versatile fruit can be added to the diet of countless different ways: with yogurt and blueberries in strips with ham, sauces and milkshakes … You can also cut into cubes and put it on salad or dessert, it is cut in half and eaten tablespoons.