Ahh, papaya! I’ve come across two groups of people when it comes to this amazing fruit. Those that love it and those that are, well…let’s just say, not so fond of it. Whether you like it or not, it’s health benefits are impressive, to say the least, so finding a way of incorporating it into your diet is definitely a good idea. You will often find papaya in tropical frozen fruit blends. Blended in a smoothie is a tricky way of sneaking it in if you ave a struggle with the after taste. But that’s only 1 way. There are lot’s of recipes to suit anyone’s tastes.
Aside from being and excellent natural laxative, papaya has some some pretty impressive nutritional facts . One cup of raw papaya contains:
- 55 calories
- only 8 grams of sugar
- 3 grams of dietary fiber
- 144% RDI of vitamin C
- 31% RDI of vitamin A
- 13% RDI of Folate
- 10% (360mg) RDI of potassium
Papaya can also: Promote digestive health, work as an anti-inflammatory, boost the immune system and much much more.
Food Tip: When pureeing papaya, remove the skin. It adds no nutritional benefit, can be bitter to taste and can contain latex can cause allergic reactions. Also, for some reason, papaya goes from being a smooth, slippery, and easy to use in a bolus or pump feeding to this:
Yes I did that. No, it does not bolus well (threatens to clog) and will not blend into my food-based laxative cocktail. Chalk one up for experience. So, in the end, if you have not tried papaya…Go for it!