Papaya is not only delicious, but it’s also an incredibly healthy fruit. Papaya is the fruit of the Carica papaya plant. Originated in Central America, it is now grown in many other parts of the world and available at most times of the year. The nutrients found in papaya, and particularly in papaya seeds, are thought to have a wide range of health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer. They have also been known to aid in digestion, improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. So don’t throw those seeds away! Papaya seeds are edible, and in small amounts can be very good for you.
Nutritional Profile of Papaya Seeds
Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one single medium fruit provides 224 percent of the recommended daily intake.
One medium papaya has approximately:
- 120 calories
- 30 grams of carbohydrate, including 5 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein
Papayas are also a good source of:
- vitamin A
- pantothenic acid
They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes.
Papaya Seeds Kill Worms and Other Parasitic Infections
The seeds of papaya fruit contain high levels of the proteolytic enzyme called papain, which breaks down undigested protein waste, therefore creating a hostile environment in the gastrointestinal tract for parasites to breed. The seeds also contain carpaine, a unique anthelmintic alkaloid that has been shown to be very effective at killing parasitic worms and amoebas. The seeds of papaya have a strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on your digestive system. Studies have shown that an extract made from papaya seeds is effective at killing E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and other dangerous bacteria.