“There are no decisions to be made. Only intention.”
Lately I’ve been exposed to information about papaya. Who knew! It is one healthy food to incorporate into an eating plan. And it is delicious. Sort of like a melon with personality. So I bought one and did some research.
Papayas can ripen quickly so refrigerate it if you’re not going to eat it right away. You can also peel it, cut it in strips, and freeze the strips. I did some up for the freezer in a jar.
Another portion of the papaya I cubed and tossed in a salad with a squeeze of lemon, some kale and baby spinach, and a few sprouts. After I took the picture I also added some avocado to the mix. So delicious!
More good news. One large papaya has only 148 calories. Most of that is in the form of carbs. These are not the carbs of processed white foods that are yucky. These are carbs packed with nutrition. The seeds of the papaya are also edible and have a slight peppery taste.
A bit of research on papaya seeds turned up this bit of information. First, your body needs to adjust to the seeds so go easy in the beginning on the amount of papaya seeds that you eat. Also, to get the benefit of the seeds you must chew them or grind them. Swallowing them whole won’t do you much good.
And why would you want to eat papaya seeds? Papaya seeds contain nutrients that help heal cirrhosis of the liver and improve kidney health, preventing renal failure. They also have anti-inflammatory properties to help treat arthritis and joint disease. These seeds also contain an alkaloid called carpaine that kills intestinal worms and amoeba parasites. I found this on the Internet. It must be true!
Besides all that good news, the flesh of the papaya is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C, and flavonoids. It’s also a great source of the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber. Good for the digestion!
This weekend I’m going to toss together a salad with papaya for my husband. I think this will also be a new food for him. Adventure time!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.