Hawaii papayas are simply one of the healthiest fruits in the world. The highly respected Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer watchdog organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., ranks papaya as one of its Top 5 "Fantastic Fruits," along with guava, watermelon, grapefruit and kiwifruit. These five rank well ahead of other well-known healthy fruits such as oranges, apples and bananas.

The Center bases its nutritional scoreboard on the sum total of the percentage of the Daily Value for six key nutrients: vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, and fiber plus carotenoids.

In addition, papayas are rich in protein-digesting enzymes, such as papain and chymopapain that aid digestion. They are also low in fat and are a good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels. Papayas are an excellent source of Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene—three powerful antioxidants. These nutrients help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol that may damage the blood vessel walls and eventually cause heart attack or stroke.

Papayas are also a very good source of calcium, potassium and Vitamins A and B.

Fat (g)000
Cholesterol (mg)000
Sodium (mg)310
Carbohydrate (g)101412
Calcium (mg)24640
Potassium (mg)257107181
Vitamin A*22%1%4%
Vitamin C*103%8%89%
Beta Carotene (mcg)2762771
Based on 100 gram samples. Source USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference (2007) and NutritionData.com
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.