Papaya – A Nutritious Tropical Treat!

When you think of refreshing summertime snacks, what comes to mind? Often, watermelon is the go-to answer due to its cold, crisp, sweet, and high water content. Additionally, watermelon is super nutritious. Of course, we grow lots of watermelon in Arizona so you can keep this fruit as a favorite.

Fresh Papaya fruit helps the immune system. (Photo by Pixabay)

While it is much less popular, another fruit that is equally as hydrating and nutritious as watermelon is papaya. This bright orange fruit and its edible seeds are the perfect tropical addition to your summertime snack selection!

According to registered dietician-nutritionist Sarah Schlichter, papaya boasts a great nutritional profile. She says that papaya contains more than the recommended daily amounts of vitamins A and C and it provides a huge punch of antioxidants and fiber. Also, papaya is 88% water, so it is a very hydrating fruit. Thanks to its nutrient content, consuming papaya could offer you the following health benefits:

  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Lower cancer risk
  • Reduced inflammation

So, consider adding a tropical flair to your summer fruit bowl and reap all of the nutrition and health benefits that papaya can provide you!

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