Papaya - Benefits Nutrition Risks Recipes

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Papayas grow in tropical climates, their sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of alleged health benefits they provide make them a popular fruit.

The possible health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in people with diabetes, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.


Facts & Benefits

Papaya is native to Mexico. However, it grows naturally in the Caribbean and Florida too.

The nutrients found in papaya are thought to have a range of health benefits. They may help protect against a number of health conditions.

- Asthma prevention

- Cancer

- Bone health

- Diabetes

- Digestion

- Heart disease

- Inflammation

- Skin and healing

- Hair health


Nutrition

Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one single medium fruit provides 224 percent of recommended daily intake.


One medium papaya has approximately:

120 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate - including 5 grams of fiber and 18 grams of sugar 2 grams of protein.


Papayas are also a good source of:

folate

vitamin A

magnesium

copper

pantothenic acid

fiber

They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene.


Risks

People with a latex allergy may also be allergic to papaya because papayas contain enzymes called chitinases. They can cause a cross-reaction between latex and the foods that contain them. To some, ripe papaya can have an off-putting odor. You can minimize this smell by mixing the cut fruit with lime juice.The seeds of the papaya, though unpleasant tasting to some, are perfectly safe to consume.


Recipe & Tips

There are many simple ways to add papaya to a diet. The fruit is quite tricky to eat, as it is very juicy, but consider the following methods of eating and recipes:


How to eat papaya

When choosing or eating papaya, look for fresh papayas with reddish orange skin that are soft to the touch. Just cut like a melon, scoop out the seeds, and enjoy. The seeds of the papaya are edible but have a bitter, peppery taste. Using a spoon, it is possible to scoop out the soft flesh of the fruit.


Papaya is a soft, versatile fruit. This means it can be incorporated into many recipes. Consider the following simple methods of preparation:


-Make a tropical fruit salad with fresh papaya, pineapple, and mango.


-Muddle papaya into a glass of lemonade, iced tea, or water for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.


-Make a fresh salsa with papaya, mango, jalapeno, red peppers, and chipotle pepper. Use as a topping for fish tacos.


-Add a few slices of frozen papaya to smoothies. Combine with pineapple juice, half a frozen banana, and Greek yogurt for a sweet tropical treat.

Papaya Salsa

Ingredients:

Splash of olive oil

1 small onion chopped

1 jalapeno peppers chopped (to taste)

1 long red cayenne pepper chopped (to taste)

3-4 cloves garlic chopped

½ papaya peeled, seeded and chopped

2 medium tomatoes chopped

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ cup white vinegar or lime juice

Salt and sugar to taste


Instructions

Chop and cut all ingredients and mix together in a bowl. Add lime juice or vinegar with salt and sugar to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or a meal




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