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Papaya - 11 Surprising Health Benefits Revealed


Papaya

 

Did You Know...

Papayas range in color from pale yellow to deep orange. Their tiny black seeds are edible and slightly peppery. They can be added to salad dressings. 

 

How to Select

Select papayas that are firm with some yellow streaks and free of blemishes. 

How to Store

Keep papayas at room temperature for 2 – 3 days until they are totally yellow to orange. 

Nutrition Benefits

Fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, good source of potassium and folate, excellent source of vitamins A and C.

 

 

Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Papaya

 

A Tangy Appetizer. Serve papaya strips with thin slices of prosciutto as an appetizer. 
Drizzle lightly with lime juice.

 

Picnic with Papaya! Serve this delicious Avocado Papaya Grapefruit salad at your 
first spring picnic.

 

The Perfect Mobile Snack. Try dried papaya for a sweet treat, or add chopped 
dried papaya to rice pilaf.

 

Do Papaya Popsicles. Freeze spears of papaya on a stick for a summertime treat.

 

A Unique Dessert. Bake an unripe [mature] papaya. Cut papaya into quarters and remove seeds. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Put a little bit of water in a baking pan and add papaya. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. Serve hot.

 

Grill ‘em! Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and grill until grill marks appear.

 

 Papaya Salsa? Absolutely. Try our Papaya and Black Bean Salsa with chicken or fish, 
or dip some chips!

 

 Sweet Salad. Add papaya chunks to chicken, tuna or shrimp salad.

 

 Smoothies. Add with strawberries and bananas to a smoothie.

 

 Get Exotic! Add an exotic twist to your fruit salad with papaya.

 

 

Papaya - 11 Surprising Health Benefits Revealed

 

Believed to be used by even Christopher Columbus on his discovery voyage, papaya is known as the angel of fruits. While it is not a taste that most usually enjoy the very first time, it can grow on you slowly and then stick on forever. The raw ones are used in salad and curries, the ripe can be eaten either in solid or liquid form, alone or in combination with other fruits.

 

 

Some of the wonderful benefits of papaya are listed below.

 

  1. Anti-inflammatory:The various minerals and vitamins (A, B, C, K) in papaya help improve immunity and prevents infections. It also promotes healing of burns and wounds.
  2. Cholesterol control:The antioxidants, flavonoids and fibre help in cholesterol/plaque accumulation in the arteries. The lipid and triglyceride content can also be reduced with regular consumption of papayas.
  3. Digestive benefits:The enzyme papain contained in papaya is quite effective in reducing the damage caused by eating junk and oily foods. It helps in breaking down proteins and is, therefore, useful as a home remedy for indigestion. It is also rich in fiber and helps relieve constipation.
  4. DiabetesThe high fiber content in papaya combined with the low calories (a medium sized fruit contains about 110 calories) is a boon to diabetes patients. They can eat to their full content without feeling guilty of the sugar Some people also consume the flowers (sautéed in oil) to control diabetes.
  5. ArthritisThe various minerals (potassiumcalciumsodium, and magnesium) in papaya can help keep a check on arthritis and bone and joint pains in the long run.
  6. Weight loss/ cleansing/ detox: The various minerals and vitamins along with the rich fiber content ensure you get a good detox of the system. Papaya is one of the widely used fruits in people who want to lose weight.
  7. Antiaging effects:The antioxidants which reduce the rate of inflammation and the multiple vitamins help in looking younger by improving skin, hair, and overall immunity levels.
  8. Stressbuster: Again, the antioxidants and vitamins (C in particular) is a good way to refresh your energy after a long tiring day.
  9. Anti-cancer effects:The flavonoids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants help to prevent free radical damage which is the main cause of cancer. They also contain beta carotene which helps control prostate and colon cancer.
  10. Eye health: The beta carotene, vitamin A, and lutein help in improving moisture in the eyes and controlling macular degeneration.
  11. Hair healthThe scalp produces sebum which is rich in vitamin A. Papaya when applied to the scalp gives the same effect as sebum, which keeps the hair shiny, silky, and lustrous. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dietitian-nutritionist.

 

 

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