07-12-2017 by redazione
In Kenya they call it the fruit that protects it, but the properties of the papaya are many and not only limited to its emollient and anti-ushion properties on the body, or to the digestive, purifying and laxative properties if you taste it particularly in the morning.
The papaya (or papaya) originates from a plant native to South America but now widely spread also in Africa of the family of the caricaceae.
The fruits have a delicate consistency and an oblong shape and may be green, yellow, orange or pink.
They can weigh up to 9 kg. The size of the fruit decreases according to the age of the plant. The taste may vary from that of melon to apricot, in the case of the precious red papaya of Tanzania.
In addition to being a highly vitaminic fruit (mainly containing vitamins A and C), papaya is also a mine of fibers and precious minerals, among which the potassium content, with draining and anti-astenia functions, stands out.
Finally, thanks to the presence of numerous antioxidants and papain,
its enzyme "prince", the papaya plays an important anti-inflammatory action.
It has excellent nutritional and functional properties. The characteristic features of the fruit and pulp are the content of vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, precursors of vitamin A), fibres and other enzymes that are particularly effective due to the powerful adjuvant effect of digestion (it is given as a substitute for gastric juices to those who suffer from a lack of effectiveness of the latter). In fact, papain helps to digest proteins (especially those of meat) by "breaking them" and facilitating the work of dystomach, liver and intestine.
Thanks to its nutritional qualities, papaya also helps to lighten liver work and facilitate intestinal transit. It is no coincidence that papaya is one of the fruits suitable also for those suffering from gastritis or difficult digestion.
The advice is to eat the fruit before the meal to introduce the enzymes necessary for subsequent digestion. At the intestinal level, papaya also acts as a "cleaner" because it is able to prevent possible bacterial reproduction. It is therefore very useful after periods of excess food and after eating very fat and disorderly meals. The pleasantness of the papaya's flesh is suitable for the preparation of non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails where the sweetness and delicate fragrance of the fruit are found.
Papaya is not only a delicious fruit to taste, but also has strong beneficial properties for our health. Sweet and soft as butter, it is composed mainly of water, but also has a good amount of carbohydrates. In addition to the above mentioned vitamins and enzymes, it is rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper, pantothenic acid and flavonoids.
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