At the moment, you can pick up a papaya at Coles or Woolies for under five bucks – and everything from your skin to your mood and gut will thank you!

According to a new nutritional review, eating a tropical papaya isn’t just a wonder for your tastebuds, it’s a cost-effective way to get a whole bunch of nutrients into your diet.

The Papaya Australia Nutrition Review focuses on a unique bundle of nutrients that are found in papaya, and the incredible benefits for your body.

According to accredited Practising Dietitian and review author, Caitlin Reid, the latest findings reveal the benefits of papaya make it clear we should all be including more of it in our diet.

“Known for their vibrant and tropical flavour, papaya contains a unique bundle of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants,” she said.

“Just one serve of papaya provides your daily dose of vitamin C, almost a third of vitamin A and more than a quarter of your folate needs. This is a cost-effective and delicious way to get these important nutrients in and keep your immune system in tip top shape, all-year round.”

And it’s not just the papaya flesh that’s full of amazing benefits!

“Papaya seeds contain protein, dietary fibre, phytochemicals and minerals including magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. The phenolic compounds such as benzyl isothic yanate, glucosinolates, tocopherols, cryptoxanthin and B-carotene act as antioxidants, reacting with free radicals to minimize oxidative stress in the body.”

Here’s a breakdown of the main reasons Caitlin is encouraging Aussie families to pop a papaya in the trolley.

1. Glowing Skin: Papaya provides a unique bundle of antioxidants – vitamin A, C and carotenoids – that assist with skin elasticity and the formation and repair of skin cells. All are essential for glowing skin.

2. Immunity boosting: Papaya contains a combination of antioxidants which fight the damaging effects of free radicals and reactive oxygen species, reducing inflammation in the body and supporting immune health.

3. Good mood food: Including more fruit, like papaya, and vegetables in the diet promotes a better balance of gut microbiome, which plays a role in improving mood.

4. Gut goodness: Australian papaya contains gut-loving fibre, with a single serve contributing 11% of our daily needs.

5. Nutrient boost: Papaya contains carotenoids (the pigments that give them their
vibrant colour) which are more easily absorbed than from other carotenoid-rich foods,
like tomatoes and carrots, providing a bigger nutrient boost.

Papaya season is all year round, with an abundance in autumn and spring – so it’s the perfect time to pop a papaya in your trolley!

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  • Not a popular flavour in this household


  • Looks like papaya isn’t just a fruit; it’s a one-stop-shop for good vibes, glowing skin, and a gut that’s happier than most of us on a Friday night! Who knew a tropical fruit could bring so much joy and fiber to the party? Time to ‘papaya’ some attention to this superfood!


  • I’ve heard they are very good for digestion and gut issues. Hard to consistently find sweet ones though.


  • I love papaya, but find in Melb they have no flavour. I do eat them when im up North Qld or in Fiji


  • Oh I didn’t know about all the benefits of papayas! Great article


  • Never had a papaya/pawpaw. I’m not a fan of mangoes either, so if these are similar (they look it) I don’t think I’ll like them. Nearly $5 for 1 piece of fruit does sound expensive


  • I have to say that I’ve had Papaya in the past and I’m not a fan of the taste. Great benefits if you like them but I’ll stick to Mangoes much tastier.


  • So many health benefits, will definitely give it a try this summer! Being 3 months postpartum, I’m willing to try anything to will improve my hair, skin and nails.


  • Oh I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten one! Will have to give one a try. Sounds like they have lots of benefits.

    • I will be on the hunt for them at the fruit and vegetable market.


  • I’m not sure if I got a bad one but I tried Papaya and it wasn’t the best. Maybe I’ll try again…


  • I’m confused, can someone explain to me if papayas and mangoes are the same thing? Are they even similar? ????‍♀️ I don’t like mangoes

    • Mangoes are a stone fruit with a single large flat seed in the center of the fruit. Papayas are typically larger than mangoes and have a distinct pear-like shape. Papaya have lots of small black seeds in the center. They differ quite a bit from taste as well.


  • Personally I think the Australian papaya isn’t as flavoursome as papaya’s I had in tropical countries, still nice enough to eat at times


  • There appear to be many benefits to eating papaya. Will look at ways of including it in more recipes and meals.


  • Yum I love Papaya, so good for summer meals!


  • not my favourite fruit. the texture and taste just not for me


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