We know Papaya is not only great tasting, but full if nutrients too. So, our dietitian friends at The Biting Truth has done their research on why Papayas are good for us. Read on to know more about this fruit's possible health benefits. Eyes
Papaya contains zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that is involved in keeping our eyes healthy. Zeaxanthin acts like ‘natural sunglasses’, helping to filter the light that is reflected on our eyes and reduce any damage from oxidative stress. Skin
The yellow and red colour of papaya flesh comes from the presence of carotenoids including beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is stored in our skin and can help the skin protect itself from harmful ultraviolet radiation. This helps to prevent sun damage and reduce mature ageing. Remember it is still important to slip, slop, slap. Papaya is also naturally high in water ensuring your skin remains hydrated. Digestion
Our bodies require clever enzymes that help us to help digest the food we eat. Green papaya contains papain, which is one of these enzymes that aids in digestion. Iron boosting for Vegetarians
The yellow and red varieties of papaya are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin assists our bodies to absorb iron from iron rich plant-based foods such as lentils and chickpeas. This is particularly important if you’re vegetarian, as enjoying some papaya with or after your meal can assist your body in absorbing the iron from the meal. Pregnancy
If you’re expecting a little one, you’ve got even more reason to start eating papaya! Folate is a B group vitamin, which is necessary for the growth and development of healthy cells. Folate consumption has been linked with a reduction in neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.