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Can papayas help with weight loss?

Papayas are a soft, fleshy fruit that some people may consume to try and lose weight. While more research is necessary to explore the potential weight loss benefits of papayas, preliminary evidence suggests the fruit may have anti-obesity properties.

Papaya, also known as papaws or pawpaws, is a popular fruit that people can use in various culinary ways. Proponents of papaya suggest that as it is a low-calorie fruit, rich in fiber, and may aid digestion, it can help fill people up and make them feel less bloated.

Keep reading to learn about papaya’s nutritional information and potential health benefits.

Are papayas beneficial for weight loss?

While researchers need to conduct more studies on whether papayas help with weight management, early research in animal studies shows promising results.

In a 2020 studyTrusted Source, scientists fed rats a high fat diet, resulting in weight gain and high cholesterol levels. After adding fresh papaya juice to the rats’ diet, the rodents lost weight and had healthier cholesterol levels.

A 2019 articleTrusted Source evaluated the effect of papaya pulp, leaves, and seeds on metabolic syndrome in rats and risk factors that may raise the risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

The authors found that the pulp, leaves, and seeds of papayas reduced blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, which, in turn, may help prevent obesity.

While more research in human models is necessary, a 2013 study notes that papaya exhibits characteristics that may help with the management of obesity and maintaining body weight.

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Papaya nutritional information

Below is nutritional informationTrusted Source on papayas per 100-gram (g) serving.

Calories43 kcal
Total fat0.26 g
Saturated fatless than 0.1 g
Carbohydrates10.82 g
Protein0.47 g
Fiber1.7 g
Vitamin A950 IU
Vitamin C60.9 mg
Potassium182 mg
Calcium20 mg
Iron0.25 mg

Papayas are a good source of vitamin A and an excellent source of vitamin C. The daily values (DV) for Vitamins A and C in one serving are 19% and 68%, respectively.

The DV shows how the nutrient content in one serving contributes to the amount experts recommend getting per day for the average healthy individual. ………………… ………………… Continue Reading ……………………………………

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