The favorite fruit regularly eaten by the inhabitants of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the so-called blue zones (places where super centenarians live), has been named. It turned out to be papaya, according to Eat This, Not That! (ETNT).

Papaya grows in abundance in this area, and the locals eat this fruit daily. Papaya contains vitamins A, C and E, which help fight inflammation that weakens the body. Papaya also contains the plant enzyme papain, which improves digestion.

The fruit is rich in beta-carotene, a healthy antioxidant. According to a study published in the scientific journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men who regularly eat foods high in beta-carotene are less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Papaya is also rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin K and choline. These nutrients and vitamins help manage diabetes, reduce the risk of bowel cancer and cardiovascular disease.

In addition to papaya, the people of Nicoya eat a lot of black beans, corn, rice, vegetables and fruits. One of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle common to all Blue Zones has been the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, which local communities often grow and harvest themselves. Eating non-imported and unprocessed vegetables and living in nature also make a significant contribution to extending life.

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