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Amazing Benefits Of Papaya (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Papaya (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Rightly called as “fruit of the angels”, papaya was once an exotic fruit but is now available in the market in any season throughout the year. The spherical-pear-shaped, deliciously sweet, buttery-soft and bright fruit does not need any more reasons to get a place at your plate. But there are some amazing health benefits of papaya which encourage you to include this delicacy in your diet as often as possible.

This tropical fruit is a rich source of vitamin B and C, flavonoids, carotenes, folate and pantothenic acid. It is also packed with minerals like copper, potassium and magnesium. All of these substances help improve your health in several ways. In addition to this, papaya also contains an digestive enzyme named papain, which is widely used to treat causes of trauma, allergies and other injuries.

Take a look at these 10 amazing benefits papaya and consider including it in your diet:

1. It improves digestion and helps you lose weight

Eating papayas can actually help you hang on to your new year’s resolution to lose weight as it is packed with the digestive enzyme named papain and fibre which improve digestion. Also, a medium-sized papaya contains only 120 calories in average. That means you can lose weight while eating this delicious fruit all the way.

2. It lowers cholesterol

As papaya is a great source of fibre, antioxidants as well as vitamin C, eating the fruit can prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries. With lower level of cholesterol, you are less prone to heart diseases and this means you can add a bowl of diced papaya in your daily diet and get away from heart related diseases in a delicious way.

3. It boosts immunity

Being rich in vitamin C, papaya provides more than double amount of your recommended daily vitamin C intake. This means your immune system that shields your body against all kinds of infections is stronger than ever with the daily consumption of papaya.

4. It is good for diabetics

Despite being sweet in taste, papaya has low sugar content and low glycemic index, which makes it excellent for diabetes patients. Being rich in phyto-nutrients and vitamins, papaya also helps reduce the risk of heart diseases for diabetics and protect our hearts.

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5. It keeps your eyes healthy

Containing an abundance amount of flavonoids including cyptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein as well as vitamin A, papaya prevents macular degeneration caused by ageing and protects your eyes from possible damages.

6. It prevents signs of ageing

As much as you hate the thought of showing signs of ageing, you may consider adding papayas to your daily diet to prevent them from appearing on your face. Eating papayas fights readily against female hair loss and as mentioned earlier, the antioxidants and flavonoids prevent radical damage in the cells and make your skin look younger with every bite.

7. It protects against prostate and colon cancer

According to a study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health’s department, beta carotene in papaya was found to be effective in suppressing the growth of colon cancer as well as prostate cancer. Also, the antioxidants and flavonoids present in papaya prevent radical damage in the cells and helps reduce the risk of cancers.

8. It eases menstrual pain

If you are a woman who struggles with menstrual pain every month, you have a new reason to include papayas in your diet as an enzyme found in papaya called papain helps in regulating an easy flow during menstruation.

9. It reduces stress

Reward yourself with a papaya fruit at the end of your long and tiring day as papayas help to reduce your stress with its richness in vitamin C that has been proven to keep your stress hormones in the low side.

10. It protects you against arthritis

Papaya has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in vitamin C. So it is good at strengthening your bones and protecting you against arthritis.

How can we include papayas in our diet?

Now that you know the amazing benefits of papaya, there are some refreshing recipes with papayas as the main ingredient you may want to try in your kitchen. Although you can always eat the papaya fruit only by peeling and seeding it, you can use these recipes to make your encounters with papayas more interesting and appealing.

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1. Seared Scallops with Spicy Papaya Sauce

Seared Scallops with Spicy Papaya Sauce

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      Required: 1 papaya, 1 red bell pepper, ½ red onion, 1 pound sea scallops, fresh cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, salt, olive oil, all-purpose flour and black pepper

      Start with peeling, dicing and seeding papaya, bell pepper, and red onion and mix in a bowl. Take 2 spoons of flour, black pepper and salt in a large seal able bag and add scallops to coat with these ingredients. Cook coated scallops in a skillet until golden and serve with the papaya sauce.

      2. Papaya Boats

      Papaya Boats

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          Required: 2 papayas, 1 cup fresh strawberries, ¼ cup walnuts, ¼ cup raisins, 2 tablespoon honey, 1 cup yogurt

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          Seed, peel and cut the papayas into half lengthwise. Next, mix yogurt, walnuts, chopped strawberries and raisins in a bowl and pour the mixture in the center of papaya halves. Drizzle honey on top and serve. However, this is not the only way to prepare papaya boats; you can get creative with the ingredients in your own way.

          3. Papaya Bruschetta

          Papaya Bruschetta

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              Required: 1 papaya, 5 plum tomatoes,1/2 red onion and 1 bell pepper all seeded, peeled and diced, vinegar oil, vegetable oil, mustard powder, sugar to taste

              This is a great appetizer using the nutritious papaya. All you need to do is peel, seed and dice papaya, tomatoes, red onion and bell pepper to a bowl. Next, blend olive oil, papaya seeds, vinegar oil, mustard powder and green onion to make a smooth thick paste. Pout the paste over the bowl and it is ready to eat.

              4. Papaya Smoothie

              Papaya Smoothie

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                  Required: 1 papaya, 1 banana, ½ cup fresh strawberries, 1/3 cup milk, sugar, ice cubes

                  If you don’t feel like eating papaya but crave for a detox drink, you can make a smoothie and drink it. Preparing papaya smoothie can be interesting and very easy to those who like their blenders. First, seed, peel and dice the fruits and add to blender along with milk, ice cubes and sugar. Blend till smooth and enjoy your smoothie.

                  5. Mango Papaya Salsa

                  Mango Papaya Salsa

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                      Required: 1 Mango, 1 papaya, 1 bell pepper, 1 avocado, ½ sweet onion, balsamic vinegar, fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.

                      This is one of the easiest twists you can give to papaya in the kitchen. Start with peeling, seeding and dicing papaya, mango, avocado, bell pepper and sweet onion and mix in a medium bowl. Next, add two spoon of chopped fresh cilantro and 2 table spoons of balsamic vinegar to the bowl along with salt and pepper to taste. This can be served as a side dish for chicken and rice.

                      Featured photo credit: Still AB via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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