What Are the Benefits of Papaya Milk?

A frothy drink made from papaya, evaporated milk, condensed milk and ice, papaya milk supplies several key vitamins and minerals. It pays to take a closer look at the nutrition information, however, because a papaya milk drink can also be quite high in fat and sugar, leading to weight gain.

Halved and whole papayas. (Image: MamaMiaPL/iStock/Getty Images)

Filling Fiber

A cup of fresh papaya chunks contains 2.5 grams of fiber. That's 10 percent of the 25 grams of fiber women need each day and 7 percent of the 38 grams men require daily. A diet that includes plenty of fiber promotes normal digestion and might help lower your risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Let's Hear It for Calcium

Both evaporated and condensed milk supply a good dose of calcium, a nutrient essential for healthy and strong bones and teeth. Getting adequate amounts of calcium in your diet might help lower your blood pressure and help you maintain a healthy weight, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A 1/2-cup serving of evaporated milk contains 329 milligrams of calcium, which is about one-third of the 1,000 milligrams most healthy adults need each day. One ounce of condensed milk has 108 milligrams of calcium.

Additional Vitamins and Minerals

Papaya contains 88.3 milligrams of vitamin C per cup, which is more than the 75 milligrams women need each day, and it's 98 percent of the 90 milligrams men require daily. Vitamin C aids in normal growth and development, helps you heal from wounds and protects you from free radicals, which can contribute to an increased risk of cancer. That same cup of papaya also has vitamin A, which keeps your eyes healthy. Both evaporated and condensed milk supply phosphorus, which supports strong bones, and potassium, which is necessary for a healthy heart.

The Drawbacks

A 1/2-cup serving of evaporated milk contains 9.5 grams of fat, of which about 5.8 grams are saturated. A diet high in saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels, which increases your chances of developing heart disease. An ounce of condensed milk contains 3.3 grams of fat, of which about 2 grams are saturated. Condensed milk is often sweetened, which means it contains added sugar. Added sugar can contribute to unhealthy weight gain, which can raise your risk of heart disease. One ounce of sweetened condensed milk contains about 21 grams of sugar, much of it added. Half a cup of evaporated milk has 134 milligrams of sodium, and an ounce of condensed milk has 49 milligrams. A diet high in sodium can raise your blood pressure.

Putting It All Together

Papaya milk made from 1 cup of fresh papaya, 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and an ounce of condensed milk contains 354 calories and about 13 grams of fat, of which 9 grams are saturated. This same drink also has 1,980 international units of vitamin A and 466 milligrams of calcium. The finished product has 195 milligrams of sodium, as well.

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