That papaya is among the healthiest fruits is a well-known fact. But did you know that the humble papaya can also become your best ally in losing weight and burning fat? Yes, she has read correctly. So you don’t need expensive products or diet plans to stay fit and healthy. No, it’s not just us, even the experts attest to the same thing, and we have proof.
“What if we told you that there is a natural product, much cheaper than all those fancy products and easily available almost everywhere? What if we tell you that it has more vitamin C than an orange – It’s papaya, wrote dietitian Mac Singh on Facebook, adding that papaya is one of the easiest and cheapest fruits to obtain in all countries. “Today it is available almost all year round,” he added.
The expert also shared the nutritional profile of 100 grams of papaya:
-Carbohydrates: 15 grams
-Fiber: 3 grams
-Vitamin C: 157% of the daily reference intake (RDI).
-Vitamin A: 33% of the RDI
-Folate (vitamin B9): 14% of the RDI
-Potassium: 11% of the RDI
In the same vein, Dr. Smriti Jhunjhunwala, nutritionist and dietician at BHMS, says: “The papaya fruit comes from the Carica papaya plant, and is packed with enormous amounts of vitamins and minerals.”
Dr. Smriti also shared an exhaustive list of the many health benefits of papaya. These are:
Helps in digestion and protein absorption. The papain enzyme present in papaya helps break down the protein complexes ingested by us and also provides it to the body for building muscles, repairing worn-out cells and tissues. So, if you are on a high protein diet don’t forget to include papaya (raw) in your diet.
Anti-inflammatory property and helps with low platelets. Papaya has antithrombocytopenic (low platelets) and anti-inflammatory (swelling) properties. Therefore, patients with low platelet counts, especially during dengue, are often prescribed papaya leaf extracts and papaya syrups to improve their platelet levels.
Helps lose weight. The other very interesting benefit of papaya is that it helps to lose weight. But, although it does not directly help you lose weight, due to its high fiber content and hypocaloric properties, it provides greater satiety and, therefore, prevents you from overeating. All this helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Papaya contains a nutrient called beta-carotene, which helps prevent asthma .
Contains an antioxidant called zeaxanthin that protects the skin by filtering out harmful blue light rays. Antioxidants also prevent skin aging and other skin diseases.
It is rich in fiber and water content, which helps prevent constipation and keeps the digestive tract healthy.
It is immensely rich in vitamin C even more than oranges and thus acts as an amazing anti-inflammatory and wound healer.
It is rich in the electrolyte called potassium which is very important for a healthy heart.
Papaya also has a versatile nutrient called choline that aids in fat absorption, nerve impulse transmission, and reduces chronic inflammation .
We have also heard and seen cosmetic products that contain extracts of this fruit, because it is rich in vitamins A and C that enhance the shine and texture of the skin.
Is papaya unsafe for pregnant women?
Mac responds to the question of whether papaya is dangerous for pregnant women: “There is a myth that pregnant women should avoid papaya. Here’s the truth: Unripe papaya contains a chemical called papain that can be harmful to pregnant women. Ripe papaya does not contain papain and can be eaten by everyone.”