If you haven’t yet planned an exotic trip, the taste of a ripe papaya will definitely take you on that tasty journey. The earth is abundant with natural foods that help you lose weight and look healthy. This is one of the finest foods good for your health and especially for your weight loss journey.
Papaya is a pear-shaped fruit with a butter-like consistency and has a discrete sweetness. In comparison with mango, which is also sweet and meaty, the papaya fruit is more massive and is one pound in weight. Its sweet, buttery flesh carries powerful nutrients: it is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, iron, and phosphorus, which act as great boosters for your metabolism. These metabolic boosts cause your body to consumes fat deposits more quickly to generate energy. And of course, loss of fat cells leave you with a leaner and more toned body.
Amazingly, as mentioned above, papaya has a high content of fibers and, because of that, you feel full for a longer period of time. This keeps you satisfied, curbs the hunger cravings, and keeps you from overeating.
Further, this exotic fruit has numerous internal and external health benefits. It contains a digestive enzyme called papain, which helps in curing digestive system problems, such as gastritis. The papaya has significant diuretic and antioxidant properties, helps prevent cellulite, and is great for your skin.
To incorporate papaya into your diet, look in your local supermarket for the pear-shaped variety called the ‘‘solo’’; it has a yellow-orange color and is good for smoothies, salsa, and salads. Ripe papayas are eaten fresh, after removing the skin and the seeds. After digging into the fruit, you can save the seeds and keep them refrigerated. The seeds are edible, have a peppery taste, and can be used as spices on your favorite food.
This summer, play with this fruit by adding it to your favorite salad, creating your own tropical, creamy smoothies, or inventing your own papaya recipes!
Nutritional info: 1 cup of cubed papaya contains 55 calories, o.2 g fat, 13.73 g carbohydrates, and 0.85 g protein.
By Michelle Blaga, social media and blog contributor at Lucille Roberts.