The skin is green when unripe and orange when ripe, while the flesh is yellow, orange or red. The fruit also has many black seeds, which are edible but bitter. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which can break down the tough protein chains found in muscle meat. Because of this, people have used papaya to tenderize meat.
The papaya is a tropical fruit high in vitamins C and A, whereby can reduce the risk of heart disease. It also contains an enzyme called papain, used to tenderize meat. Papaya has powerful antioxidant effects, which may reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of several diseases, whereby it reduce cancer risk and perhaps even slow cancer progression. Also, Papaya has been shown to improve constipation and other symptoms of IBS. The seeds and other parts of the plant have also been used to treat ulcers.
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