Is What I Hear True About The Benefits Of Papaya And Mango Juice?
Patricia Zifferblatt | November 15, 2006

Well, it all depends on what you hear. Both whole fruits are very high in antioxidants such as carotenes and vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals, so let’s take a look at each one separately.

Mango!
Mangos were first mentioned in Hindu writings as early as 4000 B.C. in India and Burma. But the mango of today is different from the mango of 6,000 years ago. Through the years, the fruit has changed from very bitter to sweet and juicy, and mangos are now grown throughout the world in hot and humid climates.

In addition to carotene and vitamin C, mangos also contain enzymes for digestion, fiber, folic acid, niacin, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium. The mango is a good choice for a heart-healthy diet, but at Better Life, we encourage everyone to eat the whole fruit and not just the juice. The whole fruit contains all the fiber and nutrition for healthy digestion and sugar absorption. Studies from many parts of the world have shown that mangos contain the right antioxidant properties to be added to a cancer-prevention diet.

If you’re not sure how to peel a mango, you’ll find lots of info online. The explanations and drawings at www.freshmangos.com are especially helpful.

Papaya!
The papaya originated in Central America and was a favorite of Spanish and Portuguese explorers, who brought the seeds to India and the Philippines. It was said that Columbus named the papaya “the fruit of the angels.” Today, most papayas are grown in Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Papayas contain many of the same nutrients as mangos plus papain, an enzyme that helps your body digest proteins; papain is used in meat tenderizers and as a digestive aid. Not sure what to do with a papaya or how to choose a good one? Try websites like www.tonytantillo.com for more info.

Papayas can definitely be included on the list of healthy foods for most people. Eating unripe papayas is used as a contraceptive in some parts of Asia and animal research seems to support that folk tale use. Men and women hoping to start a family might want to choose another fruit.

Both mangos and papayas can be eaten in salads, smoothies, in a condiment such as salsa or chutney, or as a healthy snack. It’s even better when you sprinkle a little lime or lemon juice over the fruit!
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