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Dried papaya contains high levels of vitamin A, flavonoid antioxidants, soluble fiber, B-complex vitamins, as well as calcium and potassium.
Take a look at some of the amazing nutritional highlights of dried papaya:
- Good source of soluble fiber (5 grams per serving)
- Excellent source of vitamin A
- Contain flavanoid antioxidants
- Good source of folic acid and other B-complex vitamins
- Source of potassium and calcium iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese and phosphorus.
- Contains vitamin C, though in much lower levels than in fresh papaya
Dried papaya contains 129 calories per 50 gram serving, comprised of 33 grams of carbohydrates, 2 gram of protein, 1 grams of fat, and 5 grams of fiber.
- Beneficial to the digestive tract (fiber)
- Supports cardiovascular health (flavonoids, vitamin A, C, E, folic acid)
- Promotes optimal vision (vitamin A)
- May decrease risk of cataracts and other eye problems (vitamin A)
In addition to the high levels of vitamin A, fiber, and flavonoids found in papaya, they also contain unique enzymes including papain, and chymopapain that have been shown to help lower inflammation.
“Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain andchymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns. In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, are also very good at reducing inflammation.
This may explain why people with diseases that are worsened by inflammation, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, find that the severity of their condition is reduced when they get more of these nutrients.”
Interesting Facts About Papaya
- Hawaii and Florida are the only places in North America where papaya is grown commercially.
- Mexican papaya’s are up to 10 times larger than those grown in North America
- Papaya is classified as a berry