Best Fruits for Weight Loss – Papaya

Papaya – another great fruit for weight loss

Best Fruit for Weight Loss- Papaya


Papaya is a very popular tropical fruit because, in addition to its good taste, has so many valuable properties that the natives of Costa Rica and Mexico, call it the fruit of the tree of good health.

Papaya fruit is also ideal if you want to do a bit of diet as it is low in calories and rich in nutrients and is considered one of the best fruits for weight loss.

It has an oval shape, yellow skin, black seeds and a pulp or red meat.
That flavor is so unique that makes papaya very popular at the time to develop desserts, juices, yogurts, papaya salad, ice cream, etc.

Eaten raw the papaya peel should have yellow or orange color however for cooking we can use also green papaya. Here you can find tips for some papaya recipes.

Properties of the papaya:

As written above, papaya helps to keep you healthy and lose weight at the same time. From the other properties is necessary to emphasize the following:

  • Papaya acts as a mild laxative combating by that the constipation.
  • Accelerates the heal up of external and internal scarring (for example gastric ulcers)
  • Papaya makes the tanning easier, because of the large retinin (vitamin A) content which facilitates the action of melanin.
  • It eliminates intestinal parasites. It also helps eliminate the amoebae that are responsible for many chronic diarrheas.
  •  Papaya seeds also contain a variety of phytochemicals, including natural phenols.
  • Papaya fruit strengthens the immunity thanks to its high content of Vitamin C.
  • Papaya aids digestion and relieves pain and inflammation of the stomach because it contains a papaya enzyme called Papain.
  •  Papain is an enzyme similar to human pepsin which helps decompose proteins and facilitates the digestive process. That’s why people feel that papaya helps them digest meat and heavy foods. So papaya should be taken always whenever our digestion needs gastro duodenal and pancreatic secretions (typical by very slow digestion)
  • Papain or papaya enzyme also has analgesic properties.
  • It is very useful in case of gastroenteritis, colitis and irritable colon due to its antiseptic and soothing effect on the intestines.
  • Papaya is a great friend of our skin as it helps us to cleanse us from inside. The papaya juice can remove skin blemishes and improve eczema.
  • It also has an alkalizing effect of the body what is helpful for people with acidosis.

Nutritional information per 100g of fresh papaya fruit

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient           Value               % of RDA
Energy                               39 Kcal                  2%
Carbohydrates                9.81 g                  7.5%
Protein                             0.61 g                    1%
Total Fat                           0.14 g                 0.5%
Cholesterol                        0 mg                    0%
Dietary Fiber                   1.80 g                 4.5%  for more nutritional dates click here

Papaya is very rich in Vitamin C, it contains even more than oranges, lemons and grapefruit and its orange color indicate that is rich in beta carotene.
Papaya is full of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, B complex, potassium, magnesium, fiber, folic acid and small amounts of calcium and iron.

Did you know that papaya …?
People with constipation, parasites and heavy digestions can try to see how they improve by eating papaya in the raw way, for example papaya salad. If the result is not as expected you can always consult with your physician or specialist the convenience of taking capsules or tablets of Papain.