Papaya

Fun Facts

  • Since the papaya plant does NOT have bark, it is considered an herb (NOT a tree), that can grow 10 to 12 feet in height.
  • Papayas are good for you and can potentially lower the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and colon cancer. In addition, one papaya can exceed the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C and is also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, all of which are beneficial antioxidants.
  • Papaya juice is said to reduce freckles or brown spots caused due to exposure to¬†sunlight. It also has a positive effect on skin ulcers and on severe burn wounds.
  • Ripe papaya extract also contains enough vitamins and antioxidants to make it worth taking as a dietary supplement. The extract can be taken on a daily basis to aid in digestion.
  • Papayas contain substances called chitinases that are associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome. People who have a latex allergy are very likely to be allergic to papaya as well. Cooking the food may deactivate the enzymes.

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