PAPAYA – “The fruit of the angels”

June 4, 2008 at 10:30 am 15 comments

Ever wondered what went behind all the handed down advices from our elders and how after decades of quoting them as nonsense, science proves them right.

Well one such advise has been the popularity of papaya (papita) as a fruit, and its importance in the fruit tray. This highly loved tropical fruit was reputably called “The Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus

Today papaya is renown for its multifaceted health benefits and has been given the wonder food, the medicinal food status.

  • It is rich in Anti-oxidants-secret ingredient for anti ageing
  • Rich in fibre and is easily digestible and prevents constipation.
  • Good amounts of B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium.
  • The production of vitamin C and A in the body is stimulated by the beta- carotene found in papaya; both vitamins are required for the proper function of a healthy immune system.
  • Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which helps treat sports injuries, other cause of trauma, and allergies
  • Prevents recurrent ear infections, colds and flu and is also anti-inflammatory.
  • Science has also proven that papaya helps tone the body muscles, contributing its share in cutting your body fat and toning the body well after exercise.
  • 100gms of papaya just gives 39Kcal and very few of that is fat
  • May help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue (ripe papaya).

The above stated are just a few of its benefits, the list is endless, imagine if you make one easy switch from a pack of chips to a bowl of papaya what wonders it would do to your body, and oh it is very easy for the body to digest this fruit and extract all the benefits we were talking about so on a personal note, I recommend a frequent intake of the widely available not so expensive fruit and promise it will repay each and every paise of money that you invest into it. GO AHEAD INDULGE


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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aakriti Bhargava  |  June 5, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Hey.. very interesting… i hate papaya.. but am tempted to have it after reading your post…

    I am sufferng from cold and cough… any suggestion on food that i shud eat that will help?

  • 2. Anshul  |  June 5, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Dude…”papaya helps tone the body muscles, contributing its share in cutting your body fat and toning the body well after exercise” …I love Papaya !!!…

  • 3. nutritiongyan  |  June 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    yea papaya can be a little repelling thanks to its strong odour/aroma 😉 but well a little peek into what it can do for u…n trust me as both of u said… lets jump at it 🙂

  • 4. jule  |  January 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    im from germany and it is very interesting!!!!

    • 5. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Jule. Looking forward to your comments on other articles too!

  • 6. How to Get Six Pack Fast  |  April 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on SU telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  • 7. Samira  |  January 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

    i hate papaya!! but my mom always use to make my sister and i eat it. Taste horrid but is a great thing to make a facial with 🙂

  • 8. betty  |  September 24, 2010 at 3:18 am

    what is the best way to determine if a papaya is ripe?? I just bought one and it is hard and not ripe inside

    • 9. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Firstly look at the appearance. The papaya should be yellowish orange in colour and not green , but should feel taut, a little hard and not too soft as that would mean it’s too ripe. No dark spots or black areas and marks. Those could be due to injuries while handling and indicate wear tear along which spoilage could occur. The best way to judge however would be by its smell. If your papaya is giving a mild ripened fragrance, buy it. If too strong a smell, it’s probably time to consume immediately or over ripe in which case the papaya cannot be stored for long. Don’t worry you’ll get better with time! Let us know how your second papaya turned out!

  • 10. marlina  |  March 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    i very love to eat papaya….its taste so good. its help me to keep my skin smoothy………..

    • 11. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Yes it does. People use papaya pulp as face masks. But nothing better than to eat and let the papaya work wonders internally as well as bring that shine on your skin!

  • 12. anitn  |  June 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

    How are you soposted to eat it >????? :/

    • 13. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Well, wash and peel the papaya finely so that you don’t lose the goodness of nutrients close to the peel. De-seed them and cut into slices or chop into chunks. You could eat ripe papaya with salt/pepper/chaat masala or even plain. It would be a good idea to also to add papaya to an assortment of other fruits, some chaat masala and even top it up with some yogurt. Keep experimenting!
      There are certain recipes made with raw papaya too. Let us know if interested and we’ll try to post those!

  • 14. Henny Hendraeni  |  June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I’m glad that I have made a right choice, having fresh papaya for my breakfast everyday for more than a year now..

    • 15. nutritiongyan  |  July 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Good to hear that Henny!
      Alongside, also keep having other seasonal fruits to get the goodness of variety!
      Keep your comments coming!


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