Health Benefits of Papaya Fruit
Of the many diverse fruits in the world, papaya has to be a strong contender for one of the tastiest tropical fruits on offer. It has a wonderful velvety texture, with a flavor as delightful as a peach, mixed with grapefruit. Not only that, there are many health benefits to be gained from eating it regularly.
Papaya is cram packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are like an army of well trained soldiers who's job it is to fight the enemy (harmful toxins) and flush them out of the body. They also assist the body in healing any internal and external injuries.
Papaya fruit is high in bioflavonoids which is a type of antioxidant that strengthens and supports capillary function.
Bioflavonoids enhance the potency of vitamin C found naturally in papaya fruit, and work as a natural antibiotic.
Other sources of Antioxidants/bioflavonoids
Blackcurrants, Grapes, Melons, Tomatoes, Apricots, Berries, Pineapples, Black and white tea, Parsley, oregano and thyme.
Vitamin C And Folate To Build Strong Bones
Even though papaya contains little calcium, It does hold large amounts of vitamin C that is vital for the development of strong bones, protein metabolism and maintaining a hardy nervous system.
Papaya fruit contains over 60mg of vitamin C.
Another bone-strengthening ingredient in papaya is the B-vitamin Folate. People with adequate amounts of folate in their diet are less likely to develop bone disease such as osteoporosis.
Folate also reduces homocysteine levels in the blood, of which high levels have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
Papain For A Healthy Digestive System
Papaya contains papain, which is a strong enzyme similar to that of the naturally occurring digestive juice pepsin. Papain reduces the amount of fat the body absorbs through the stomach, helps to elleviate inflammation, and aids in the break down of food proteins.
Papain is so efficient at protein break-down, chefs frequently use it in powdered form as a meat tenderizer. You can use this in the kitchen yourself by simply drying out and grinding down papaya seeds.
As well as helping the digestive system, papain plays a role in healing the body quicker after injuries such as burns, cuts and bruising.
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Peppery Papaya Seeds And Ways To Use Them
Some people find that papaya seeds aren't particularly palatable because of their bitter and peppery taste, while others say it enhances the flavor of the fruit.
The seeds are swarming with phytochemicals that prevent disease and get rid of those little parasites that might be lurking in places such as the liver and kidneys, so it's worth giving them a try.
If you find the seeds are too strong to eat on their own, but you'd still like to reap their beneficial properties, here's some other ways you can get them in your diet.
- The seeds can be dried, ground down in a mortar, and used as a flavorful spice in cooking dishes such as curries
- Use them as a marinade to flavor and tenderize meat
- Add them to a smoothie with other fruit
Papaya and Banana Super Smoothie
Start your day with a fantastic smoothie made from these two tasty fruits.
- Dice half a ripe papaya and blend it with a small banana
- Add 170ml of low fat milk
- Add 125ml of pure orange juice
- Mix in two tablespoons of vanilla yogurt
- Add one scoop of papaya seeds
- Drop in four ice-cubes
- Blend all ingredients together and serve
Facts About Papaya
- Papaya fruit is native to tropical America, originating in Mexico
- The largest producers of papya include India, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Brazil
- Papaya grows on a tree called the Carica Papaya that reach up to 30ft in height
- Unripe papaya is often used in Asian Thai dishes such as curries and salads
- Papaya is plucked from the tree before it starts to ripen, while still dark-green in color, and encased in a tough outer skin. It's then left in storage until it becomes soft and changes to yellow, or orange in color as it fully ripens.
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