One medium papaya has approximately 120 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrated; including 5 grams of fiber and 18 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C and one single medium fruit provides 224% of your daily needs. Papayas are a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, copper, pantothenic acid and fiber. They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthan, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K and lycopene.
Benefits of Papaya
- Bone health (vitamin K)
- Diabetes prevention
- Asthma prevention
- Cancer prevention
- Digestion: Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and can also be used as a meat tenderizer. Papaya is also high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
- Heart disease: The fiber, potassium and vitamin content in papaya all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Prevents Inflammation
- Skin and healing: When used topically, mashed papaya appears to be beneficial for promoting wound healing and preventing infection of burned areas. Papaya is also great for your hair because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Adequate intake of vitamin C, which papaya can provide, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.
PAMELA’S PAPAYA SMOOTHIE
2 cups of papaya
2 cup coconut water
- 2 scoops Herbalife *Meal Replacement Dulce de Leche
- 4 ice cubes
Blend all together and enjoy!
Keeping you healthy,
Nutritionist Ana Pamela Baron
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.