Today's post is all about an underrated fruit- papaya. If you're not a fan, allow us to convince you.
Papaya's unique taste comes from the enzyme papain that acts as a digestive aid. It's so effective at breaking down proteins that many people drink a glass of papaya juice daily to combat constipation and other digestion problems.
The juicy orange flesh of the fruit contains other enzymes that give numerous benefits to the body.
9 Health Benefits of Papaya
- Rich in enzymes. Some of these enzymes fight inflammation when taken internally, while others are excellent at helping to heal skin burns when applied topically.
- Contains lots of phytonutrients and antioxidants- When we consume these nutrients, they fight free radicals and protect the body against cancer and heart disease.
- Protects against diabetes- Papaya's high fiber content helps regulate blood sugar levels. In some cultures, papaya flowers are sautéed in oil and eaten to prevent diabetes.
- Papaya provides high levels of essential vitamins, like vitamins A, B, C, and K, which help to boost the immune system. Also, eating one papaya gives you more than two times the recommended daily dose of many vitamins.
- Papaya's high fiber content helps to keep cholesterol levels in check.
- It's a beauty product. Applying mashed papaya on your skin helps with cleansing and exfoliation.
- Relieves the symptoms of arthritis- the potassium, calcium, magnesium, and copper in the fruit strengthen the bones. Consuming papaya can also help to prevent osteoporosis.
- Promotes weight loss- Papaya is an excellent addition to your diet if you are trying to lose weight. One serving of the fruit has very little fat or cholesterol.
How to shop for papaya
When buying papaya, you don't need to go for a ripe one. The fruit will ripen at home like a banana.
Instead, look for one that is a little green or yellow, then put it on the counter for a few days.
When the fruit ripens, it will be bright yellow and soft to the touch. You can then refrigerate it for about a week in a plastic bag.
TIP: You can speed up the ripening process by putting the papaya in a brown paper bag.
Most people peel and slice papayas and eat them raw in salads. However, they are also delicious when cooked. Here's a simple recipe to get you started.
Papaya breakfast boat
½ cup chia pudding
1 half of a papaya
1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 teaspoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1 teaspoon raw pumpkin seeds
1 spring of fresh mint
Slice the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.
Put chia the pudding in the center then sprinkle the other ingredients on top. Mix it up and enjoy!
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team