Papain is an additive extracted from the stem or juice of papaya, and is an enzyme that degrades proteins. Papain is a popular meat tenderizer.
Papain as a therapeutic drug is not regulated by the FDA and is not approved for health claims when used in food. Papain is marketed for use as a digestive enzyme, anti-inflammatory, and as a tooth whitener.
Individuals allergic to latex may be sensitive to papain.
Meat tenderizer, candy, beer, meat products