When people are asked if they like papayas, they will typically tell you that they don’t like them, they’ve never tried them, or that they don’t like the texture. While the texture can be off-putting to some, others find the buttery consistency perfect for smoothies, fruit salads, or eating on its own. Most people don’t know that this fragrant tropical fruit has amazing health benefits.
How To Buy Papayas
Papayas can be hit or miss, which is why it is important to buy the right ones. If you are buying papayas that are as big as footballs, you can most likely bank on them not tasting great. Most of the large papayas taste bland. It is better to buy smaller papayas that look more yellow than orange, and are no bigger than both your fists combined. Don’t buy green papayas, unless you are making a Thai green papaya salad.
Reduces Colon Cancer Risk
Papayas contain nutrients (fiber, folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E) that have been helpful in reducing one’s risk of colon cancer. The nutrients help to protect colon cells from free radical damage, so eat papaya to help ensure the health of your colon.
Believe it or not, papaya peels help to reduce the signs of aging. We recommend eating the papaya meat, of course, prior to rubbing the inside of the peel on your face. Let the residue remain on your face for five minutes before rinsing with cold water. Do not apply it for more time because the anti-aging compound can cause dryness or irritation to sensitive skin.
Protects Against Heart Disease
Papayas may be helpful in reducing one’s risk of heart disease, specifically atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. The vitamin A & C content work to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, which can build up in arteries and cause heart attacks or strokes.
Helps Reduce Hair Thinning
Adding papaya to your diet can help to reduce hair thinning. Although results vary from person to person, some people have found that eating at least one cup of papaya a day can help thicken hair. The vitamins and minerals in papaya also help to reduce oil and chemical build up in the hair.
There are many ways to add papaya to your daily diet. Tell us how you like to enjoy papaya or ask us how you can use it in different recipes in the comments below.