Papayas are one of the healthiest fresh fruits. The nutritional scoreboard was developed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-watchdog agency headquartered in Washington, D.C. In its "Fantastic Fruit" ratings for fresh fruits, papaya was impressively ranked in the Top 5 with guava, watermelon, grapefruit and kiwifruit well ahead of traditionally thought of healthy fruits as orange, apple, and banana. The score for each fruit is gotten by adding up its percent of the Daily Value for six key nutrients: vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, and fiber plus carotenoids.
Papayas are rich in enzymes that stimulate stomach secretions and aid digestion. They contain protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain.
Papayas are low in fat and are a good source of fiber, which has been shown to
lower high cholesterol levels. Papayas are an excellent source of Vitamins C and E and
beta-carotene, three strong antioxidants. These nutrients help prevent the oxidation of
cholesterol that may damage the blood vessel walls and eventually cause heart attack or
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