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Does papaya help to lose weight? How does papaya help our immune system?
There is no evidence that papaya is anything more than a good fruit. It is not a magical weight loss fruit as some might have you believe. There is no secret about papaya that will boost your immune system beyond the fact that it is simply a fruit. The web sites that you read that say papaya is a miracle ingredient are simply scams.
A large papaya contains about 150 calories and 7 grams of fat. Eating one would be filling and the equivalent of about 2 pieces of fruit. We know that the more fruit and vegetables you eat the healthier you will be, but you could just as easily choose a pear, grapes, bananas, apples, or oranges. Eating healthy, watching your calories, and choosing great ingredients will help you lose weight and protect your immune system.
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Timothy S. Harlan, MD