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August 25, 2016
By Heather Callaghan
Papaya [puh-PIE-yah] – here’s a fruit that could save you some money on supplements. It’s delicious, versatile and it does so much for your body.
Papaya is easy to prepare, sweet but low on sugar and so yummy when paired with other fruits. Personally, it makes me feel good – you’ll see why. I hope you’ll be blown away by the benefits of papaya and be able to enjoy it for the rest of summer as you eat lighter, raw foods to cool off.
To quickly ripen this powerhouse fruit, store on the counter in a brown bag, then in the fridge in a plastic bag. Should be consumed within 2 days of ripening but can last a week after purchase. If pesticides are a concern, you should know that it’s all right to purchase non-organic papayas if you need to – the fruit made it to Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” list which means there is very little residue on them. However, in order to avoid GMOs, do not purchase papayas from Hawaii. Any GMO bans in Hawaii were overturned in summer of 2015.
Caution: If you’re allergic to latex, you may also be allergic to papaya. If you have a latex allergy, avoid eating papaya or taking products that contain papaya.
Amazing Health Benefits of Papaya
#1 Enzymes for Digestion
Papain is a powerful, anti-inflammatory enzyme that is great for digestion. Papain is crucial for digesting proteins. It prevents acid reflux, and is known to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms and ulcers. The water and fiber in papaya offer great relief from constipation and help clear the digestive tract. Eat all by itself or with other fruit for best benefits.
#2 Powerhouse of Vitamins A, B, C; Electrolytes and Omega-3s
One cup of cubed papaya contains an incredible amount of nutrition. That small amount contains a whopping 1531 IU of vitamin A, 85 mg of vitamin C (144% DV), and 53.2mcg of food folate (B9). It also contains some choline, and small amounts of beta carotene, Lutein+Zeaxanthin, vitamin K and E. Papayas contain more vitamin C than oranges or lemons....more here