Are Paw Paws Neurotoxic?

Chatting with a random person in my supermarket’s produce section, I was informed that paw paws cause brain damage.

Not wanting to accept this claim blindly, I’ve done some research. There are indeed some people who claim that plants in the custard apple family are chock full of neurotoxins thought to be related to the development of a Parkinson’s-like condition. Others claim that the cases found thus far involved people eating the leaves of a different species in the same family, and that there’s no evidence that paw paws themselves are hazardous.

If you know anything about this topic, I would be most appreciative if you could share your information with us.

Thank you in advance.


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