4 – Papaya and cholesterol
Papayas are a good source of lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps prevent cholesterol from oxidizing. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the narrowing of arteries. The LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood is prone to oxidation.
There is only 1828 micrograms of lycopene in 100 grams of papaya as opposed to 3041 micrograms in 100 grams of cooked tomato. But the lycopene in papaya is more bioavailable from papaya than from tomato.