In a world where the foods that taste delicious (candy, french fries, wine and pretty much anything in the carb family) are often bad for our health, it seems like a miracle to discover a tasty treat that is also—gasp—good for us. But it’s time to dig in to a food that is not only delicious, but also great for your health. Say hello to our tropical friend, the papaya and its many delicious papaya benefits.
It’s no surprise that Christopher Columbus described papaya as “the fruit of the angels.” The man didn’t just have a knack for discovering new parts of the world, he also seemed to know the many nutritional perks of this exotic delicacy. Registered dietician Megan Ware explains that, “Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like papayas decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.” Papaya as a way to achieve better overall health? We’re sold. Here are 15 reasons why papaya is the “It” tropical vitamin that you need in your diet.
1. Reduces the Risk for Heart Disease
Papayas are high in potassium, an important dietary factor when trying to prevent cardiovascular disease. This coupled with the fruit’s ability to maintain healthy circulation and regulate the effects of sodium on your body results in amazing heart health benefits. Plus the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A help manage cholesterol levels, which could eventually cause a heart attack or stroke.
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