Originally hailing from Mexico, papayas were once described by Christopher Columbus as the fruit of angels. And trust me, this is could be the only thing about the Americas he was right about.
Papayas have a unique sweet and buttery taste that makes one of my favorite fruits.
How to Eat Them
I recommend vertically slicing your papaya in half. If you’re not planning to use all of it immediately, wrap one half and leave it in the fridge.
To get rid of the seeds I recommend using an ice cream spoon and simply scooping them out. Then simply cut the papaya in cubes and combine them with your favorite fruit.
You can also juice them!
Besides being delicious, what makes papayas heavenly fruits is their unique combination of health benefits.
What Every Papaya Offers to Your Health
1. They Can Help Your Lungs
This is when the Vitamin A in papayas steals the show. By drinking papaya juice regularly, you can take advantage of this vitamin can undo some of the damage done by smoking (or secondhand smoke) to your lungs.
2. They’re Loaded With Antioxidants
The healthy dose of antioxidants found in papayas can help you prevent cholesterol oxidation in your arteries. This alone can significantly help you reduce your chances of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Fiber Fiber Fiber
The secret to a healthy digestive system is healthy dose of dietary fiber because it helps you have regular bowel movements. If you’re going through a bout of constipation, this is your go-to fruit.
4. It’s Anti-Inflammatory
Papayas contain a proteolytic enzyme that can reduce inflammation to counteract the symptoms of autoimmune diseases like osteoarthritis, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There’s a reason why they’re at the top of anti-inflammatory foods.
Lately, I’ve come across information that could make the green papaya the most healthy papaya to eat.
Green Papaya’s Unique Health Benefits
1. It Boosts Your Digestive System
Compared to ripe papayas, green papayas contain a higher concentration of papain enzymes. This enzyme is amazing at breaking down and digesting proteins. In fact, it’s so efficient, that papain extract is currently used as a natural meat tenderizer.
This enzyme makes green papayas an invaluable part in diets designed to boot digestive performances. Some studies have tentatively linked it to weight loss.
2. It’s Loaded With Potassium
Green papayas have greater amounts of potassium because this mineral is mostly used to increase the efficiency of the plant’s roots to collect water and nutrients for the developing fruit. Once papayas are ripened, any excess potassium is redundant.
The good news is that potassium is invaluable to your diet and health because it can help you regulate your heart rate and blood pressure. It’s especially effective in counteracting the effects of a heavy sodium diet.
However there is one disclaimer. Green papayas are also known for releasing excess latex liquids. They may actually cause some allergic reactions, in the form of skin irritation for some people.
If you’re expecting, you also should avoid eating green papayas because this latex fluid can cause uterine contractions. This in turn can drastically increase your chances of suffering miscarriage.
If you notice any adverse reactions, please stop eating them as soon as possible.
If you’re going to buy papayas, make sure you buy organic to take full advantage of their amazing health benefits.