Hi All,

Just a quick question about papaya, which again finds itself in a higher-sugar-fruit category according to the Bulletproof diet.

However, in terms of sugar/100g, papaya is actually one of the lowest-sugar-fruit, according to the following table: ... ugars.html

In fact, if we draw the low-sugar-line at papaya, then only the following make the cut:

Lime (0.4), Avocado (0.9), Lemon (2.5), Strawberry (5.8), Papaya (5.9)

Whereas the rest of the usually-described-as-low-sugar berries appear between 7.3 and 9.5.

Now, I'm not suggesting that those berries don't deserve their low-sugar status, but I'm confused as to why papaya is repeatedly described as higher-sugar (and not just in the Bulletproof diet).

Thanks for reading,



  • edited August 2013

    Dear Bulletproof intern.

    Sorry to disagree. I have being working with papayas for the past 20 years. The GMO papayas comes from Hawaii, which represents a minuscule quantity in the worldwide volume being consumed in North America, Europe and South America. The variety is called Rainbow for the Yellow Flesh or Sunup for the Red Flesh. ( Both delicious btw)

    Papayas produced in Mexico/ Brazil/ Ecuador/ Guatemala/ Belize/ Dominican Republic/ Ghana/South Africa or Colombia are NOT GMO. They are of the Varieties Golden, Sunrise Solo, Maradol, Tainung #1, Formosa.

    Papayas are being researched constantly for its health benefit and there are hundreds of reports attesting its benefits and the USDA considers it one of the healthiest fruit in the world.

    Hope this clarifies a bit.



  • pbrpbr
    edited August 2013

    Thanks for both replies.

    @Bulletproof intern - I was just pointing out that the Bulletproof Diet graphic (v1.1) lists papaya among the "average-sugar fruit" but lists blackberry and raspberry among the relatively "low-sugar fruit". That appears to be incorrect based on the linked table.

    @Homero - Great to hear that Ecuador papayas are not GMO, because that's where I'm living atm :)

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