This spherical or pear-shaped fruits was called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus because it was delicious and sweet with musky undertones. Every part of a papaya tree, from the fruit to the leaves, contains some medicinal properties and this makes Papaya, a great fruit option to include in your diet.
Being very low in calories and high in fiber content, it leaves you feeling full and also clears your bowel, helping your weight loss regime. A single Papaya contains ample amount of Vit C and Vit A, which helps in boosting the body’s immunity and hence is very good for those who are suffering from fever, cold or flu.
The fiber and potassium content in papaya helps to ward off heart disease. Women suffering from menstrual pain, should help themselves to several servings of papaya a day, as an enzyme called Papain helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual period. The antioxidants in Papaya help in controlling premature ageing and helps you to get a younger look. Papaya can also be applied directly on the skin and can be used as a face pack. It helps to get rid of acne and skin infections by helping to open clogged pores. It is also good for skin infections and wounds that don’t heal quickly.
Ripe papaya fruit is usually eaten raw or with a twist of lemon drops and seasoned withsalt and pepper. Fresh papaya cubes are a great addition to fruit salads. Its cubes can be used in shakes, sorbets, salsa, etc.Papaya also works as a meat tenderizer and used in non-vegetarian cooking.
Papayas contain a white milk-like sap (latex) substance which can cause irritation to skin and provoke an allergic reaction in some sensitive persons. Unripe, green papaya should be avoided in Pregnant women, since it contains high levels of papainand can increase uterine contractions.
From the Panel of Well at Heart e-Health Magazine App
– By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.
She is the founder of Indian Diabetes Educators group. Presently she is a member of American Heart Association (AHA), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Coeliac Society of India, Indian Dietetic Association and National Institute of Nutrition.