ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fighting Obesity with The Papaya Fruit

Updated on December 4, 2016

Fight obesity with papaya for best weight loss

If you have an excessive amount of fat stored in your body, you are considered obese. What is obesity? There is no precise way to measure obesity but the normal rule of thumb is if your body weight exceeds 20% of what is “normal” body weight. What normal body weight is, however, varies depending upon whose theory you listen to. One way of measuring obesity is by using the BMI or Body Mass Index calculation which uses one's weight, height and age.

While there is no denying that we need a certain amount of body fat to survive, body fat can become too much of a good, or bad, thing. Excess storage of fat, if unchecked, can put a person at risk for certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately we do have some control over our body fat by going on a weight loss program. There are many weight loss tools available to help with a weight loss plan from a healthy weight loss plan to gastric bypass.

We know that an active lifestyle and healthy eating are key to fighting obesity and should be part of any weight loss program. Herbs, including superfruits are natures cure for a plethora of ailments and many have been incorporated into prescription medicines today. A return to simple nature cures for what ails us is becoming more and more acceptable as the benefits are enormous. One way to help fight obesity is with herbs or plant based produce, herbs and super fruits like the papaya.

What is papaya you may ask. If you are not from a tropical country or region where papaya grows in one’s back yard, you may never have heard of the papaya. However, you can find papaya in your grocery store in the fruit section even though the supply may be somewhat limited. The papaya can range from size from 4 to 10 inches and has a yellowish colour when ripe.

The papaya is loaded with potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also has niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium and iron. But the enzyme in papaya that is associated with weight loss is called papin. The enzyme papin is found in the green skin of the papaya and has an incredible record for metabolizing food and meat in particular. Papin has also been used as a digestive aid and in weigh loss products. While the skin may not be the most appetizing part of the papaya, if you peel your papaya as close to the skin as possible you will reap the benefits of the papin. Weight loss is dependant on the effective metabolizing of food.

The papaya in itself is a great weight loss aid. The fruit and especially the seeds have a cleansing effect on your colon. From personal experience I can tell you that if you uses the seeds do so with the knowledge that you will get a good cleansing so be sure you aren't too far from a washroom. Getting rid of toxins in your body through cleansing has been shown to help with weight loss. The papaya is a fruit that is filled with good things for your body and even if you aren't using it as a weight loss aid, it is a healthy and delicious fruit that is a colourful and tasty compliment to your meals and snacks

Nutrients contained in the Papaya

Some of the Nutrients contained in the Papaya that contribute to overall health and weight loss in particular include the following in 1 cup or 140 grams papaya:

Omega–3 Fatty Acids (35.0 mg)

Omega-6 Fatty acids (8.4 mg)

Calcium (36.6 mg)

Vitamin C (86.5 mg)

Vitamin A (1531 IU)

Potassium (360 mg)

Magnesium (14.0mg)

All these vitamins and minerals and more when added to the papin in the papaya are required ingredients for any successful weight loss.
Nutrients contained in the Papaya

Images for Papaya


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Joan King profile image

      Joan King 5 years ago

      You won't be disappointed.The papaya is truly as tasty as it is healthy

    • Emma Harvey profile image

      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I have just bought a papaya. I had no idea of it's health properties. Will look forward to eating it!

    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Very interesting.

      I love to eat papaya and pineapple with yogurt.