Thursday, February 25, 2010
Pass the Papayas Please
Monsieur Christophe Columbus called the papaya the "fruit of the angels". He noticed that the Caribbean natives ate the fruit after a large meal and never encountered any digestive distress. Papayas are an excellent source of antioxidant nutrients, such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids. They also contain beneficial amounts of potassium, vitamins E and A, folic acid and fiber. Papayas contain papain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins. This particular enzyme is used in digestive enzyme dietary supplements. Papayas provide protective benefits against heart disease, cancer and other diseases associated with free radical damage. Increase the health benefits of a succulent papaya by eating it with walnuts!