Fruits are definitely one of the best foods to boost overall health. Be it the antioxidant rich citrusy fruits or fibre-rich banana, each plays an independent role in making us stronger. Papaya is one fruit that is available all-year round and has some of the most incredible health benefits to its credit. It is used as an ingredient to prepare an array of dishes, including mains, snacks and desserts, thanks to its subtle sweet flavour. Besides that, it's a powerhouse of nutrients, including antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins. Did you know it is great for smooth digestion and also detoxifies the liver? Moreover, it can also be of great help if you are looking to shed some weight. Yes, you read that right.  

With just about 43 calories in a 100-gm serving, don’t you think your next mid-day snack should be loaded with the versatile fruit? You can use papaya as an ingredient in smoothies, salads, etc., to make your dishes more nutritious and healthier. 

Here are five benefits of papaya that will make you load up on it right away: 

1. Fibre-Rich 

Foods that are rich in fibre keep you full for longer, eliminating the need to eat more often. It also ensures proper absorption of all the nutrients that are there in papaya. The natural fibres also help in detoxifying the system and cleansing the colon. 

2. Fights Inflammation 

Rich in antioxidant called papain, the fruit helps fight inflammation in the body. It also helps in boosting immunity. 

3. Aides Digestion 

Presence of papain and chymopapain, aids digestion and fight constipation which can prevent and heal stomach ulcers. A smooth digestion improves gut health that has been linked with weight loss too. 

4. Helps In Absorption Of Protein 

The presence of papain is at work here again, as it helps absorb protein from various foods including meat. This particularly help people who have a problem of low stomach acid. 

5. Fights Infections 

The presence of anti-viral and anti-parasitic functions in papaya helps in fighting various diseases and infections that may disrupt normal body functions.    

So what are you adding papaya to?