Papaya known as “Papita” in hindi is a delicious sweet taste fruit with a soft butter like consistency. This pear-shaped fruit is usually 7 inches long. The inside flesh is rich orange in colour with a slight shade of pink or yellow. Papaya is also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber.
Health benefits of Papaya:
Helps weight loss:
It is packed with a considerable amount of dietary fiber that aids weight loss by promoting a feeling of fullness and controlling cravings.
Good for the eyes:
Papayas are rich in Vitamin A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, cyptoxanthin and lutein which keep the mucus membranes in the eyes healthy, preventing them from damage. Vitamin A in them also prevents the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Papaya has a digestive enzyme known as papain along with fiber which helps improve your digestive health.
Helps reduce stress:
The wonder fruit is rich in several nutrients like Vitamin C which can keep you free from stress.
Our immune system acts as a shield against various infections that can make you really sick. A single papaya can fulfill more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it great to build a stronger immune system.
Papayas are rich in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol build up in arteries. Too much cholesterol build-up can block the arteries completely, causing a heart attack.
Good for diabetics:
Despite being sweet in nature, papayas are low in sugar content as well as glycemic index. This property makes papayas excellent fruits for diabetics. The vitamins and phytonutrients present in them prevents development of heart disease in diabetes.
Helps ease menstrual pain:
Women who experience menstrual pain should help themselves to several servings of papaya, as an enzyme called papain helps in regulating and easing flow during menstrual periods.
Prevents signs of ageing:
Healthy habits like eating a papaya daily will prolong the process and may make you look 5 years younger than you are. Papaya is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps prevent your skin from free radical damage keeping wrinkles and other signs of ageing at bay.
Papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids that prevents cells from undergoing free radical damage.
Promotes hair growth:
Papayas are very effective for maintaining healthy hair. Vitamin A in them is utilized in production of sebum, a compound that is crucial for keeping the hair smooth, shiny and moisturized. External application of papaya extract to the scalp can help you get rid of dandruff. They boost hair growth and strengthening.
Adequate vitamin K consumption is important for good health, as it acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.
Ways to have Papaya in your diet:
Papaya Melon drink:
1/2 small sized papaya, peeled , deseeded and cut into cubes
1 small sized muskmelon, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Blend all the ingredients in a mixer using little water till smooth.
- Strain the juice using a strainer or a muslin cloth.
- Add the lemon juice and mix well.
- Place some crushed ice in 2 small individual glasses and pour the juice over it.
- Serve immediately.
3 tbsp honey
1 1/4 tsp gingerjuice
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper powder to taste
- Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and keep refrigerated.
- Just before serving, add the dressing and toss well. Serve immediately.