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Put Papaya on Your Plate for Better Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Papaya is not as common as many other fruits you tend to see -- although it should be. The orange mango/melon-like fruit with a green skin packs a lot of benefits. Put papaya on your plate and better your health with the many vitamins and nutrients the food provides.

You'll Boost Your Antioxidant Power

Antioxidants are necessary for fighting against cell damage and disease. Papayas pack a big punch when it comes to antioxidants, boosting the power your body has to ward off illness. Due to the Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A within papayas, you'll receive a hefty dose of fighting power.

You'll Feel Full and Satisfied

Fiber and protein are necessary for keeping your body feeling full and satisfied for longer. You'll also experience good digestive health when you have a high-fiber diet. Papaya offers large amounts of both. Enjoy one papaya and you'll receive more than a full gram of protein and 4 grams of fiber. 

You'll Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

The antioxidants found within papayas can also help with your heart. There's also a good amount of folic acid in a papaya. Folic acid is necessary for converting certain amino acids within your body. It makes them less harmful and helps reduce your risk for heart disease developing. You should combine papaya with other heart-healthy foods to really help your heart.

You'll Get a Low-Calorie Snack

Finding a snack low in calories is important for many people. You need to watch the number of calories you take in during one day so you do not consume more than your body can burn or use. Papayas fall under the low-calorie snack category. A small papaya is roughly 60 calories in all. 

You'll Reduce Your Inflammation

Do you experience chronic inflammation that causes you discomfort? Papayas can help. The antioxidants and nutrients found within the fruit work to reduce certain inflammatory markers. You'll experience less inflammation and pain thanks to a papaya-rich diet paired with other fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy papaya more often and discover the benefits it can bring to your body. Fruit is always a great choice when it comes to meals and snacks due to the vitamins found within. Papaya is no exception. Eat it plain or dipped in a yogurt dip with cinnamon for a unique flavor. You can even bake it if you desire.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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