- Papaya contains ‘papain’, a digestive enzyme known for aiding digestion. Papain is said to be so powerful that it can digest an amazing 200 times its own weight in protein. It assists our body's own enzymes in assimilating the maximum nutritional value from the food we eat. So if you eat meat, how about having some Papaya for dessert to really break it down.
- When consumed ripe, this fruit being easily digestible assists in preventing constipation.
- A study reveals that when this fruit is consumed alone for three days, it has a useful tonic effect in the stomach and intestines.
- The juice of papaya assists in mitigating infections of the colon. It also helps in breaking down pus and mucus.
- The consumption of ripe papaya is said to help in the prevention of cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue.
- Papaya helps tremendously in preventing nausea, including morning sickness and motion sickness.
- When had with honey, the papaya seeds are known to be antihelminthic for expelling worms. So chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of papaya seeds after the main meals during a day.
- Being a good bleaching agent, papaya forms a vital ingredient in liquid and bar bath soaps, hand washes, astringents and even detergent bars.
- Papaya has rejuvenating properties that especially assists in controlling early aging.
- Eating papaya on a regular basis is known to restore strength and health to the body.
- Papaya is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients like carotenes, vitamin C, vitamin B, minerals, fiber, etc. All these nutrients boost the health of the cardiovascular system, apart from providing protection against colon cancer.
- Being a rich source of fiber, papaya consumption helps in lowering high cholesterol levels.
- This fruit can be directly applied to skin sores also.
Choose papayas that have reddish-orange skin if you want to eat them within the day of purchase. Avoid fruit that is bruised or has patches of deep orange color which indicates that it is over-ripe.
Purchase green papayas only if you intend to cook them as the flesh will not develop its sweet juicy flavor.
If you want to slow the ripening process, keep the fruit in the refrigerator. To hasten the ripening process, keep it out in the open, in room temperature
A papaya can be eaten as it is, with its skin cut. Cut the papaya length-wise, and then into smaller pieces. The sweetest part of the papaya is concentrated on the end furthest from the stem.
You may also sprinkle your papaya with fresh lime juice. It adds taste to the fruit.
Or, finally, blend it with other fruits like strawberry or yogurt to make a smoothie.