Wednesday, July 20, 2005

In Praise of Papaya

Though it resembles a tree, the papaya plant is actually an overgrown herb. Low in calories (only 120) and rich in nutrients, papaya has more vitamin C than an orange. This tropical fruit is also loaded with vitamin A, potassium, folate, fiber and carotenoids. Papayas contain a protein-digesting enzyme called papain, which has led to its well-deserved reputation as a digestion aid. Recent research suggests that papayas have an antibacterial agent that may aid in the healing of wounds and reduce swelling and fever after surgery. Even the cosmetic industry has seized upon papaya's health benefits, introducing the fruit in a variety of beauty products.


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