18-05-2020 di redazione
In Kenya they call it the fruit that protects, but the properties of papaya are many and not only limited to its emollient and anti-burning properties on the body, or to the digestive, purifying and laxative ones if you taste it particularly in the morning.
The papaya (or papaya) comes from a plant native to South America but now widely spread also in Africa of the caricaceae family.
The fruits have a delicate texture and an oblong shape and can be green, yellow, orange or pink.
They can weigh up to 9 kg. The size of the fruit decreases with the age of the plant. The flavour can vary from that of melon to apricot, in the case of the prized red papaya.
As well as being a highly vitaminic fruit (it contains mainly vitamins A and C), papaya is also a mine of fibre and precious minerals, including potassium content, draining and anti-asthenia functions.
Finally, thanks to the presence of numerous antioxidants and papain,
its enzyme "prince", papaya has an important anti-inflammatory action.
It has excellent nutritional and functional properties. To characterize the fruit and the pulp are the content of vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A precursors), fiber and other enzymes particularly effective with a powerful adjuvant action of digestion (it is administered as a substitute for gastric juices to those who suffer from a lack of effectiveness of the latter). Papain in fact helps to digest proteins (especially meat proteins) "breaking them down" and facilitating the work of the stomach, liver and intestine.
Thanks to its nutritional qualities, papaya also helps to lighten the work of the liver 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 intestinal level, the papaya also acts as a "cleaner" because it is able to prevent possible bacterial proliferation. It is therefore very useful after periods of excessive eating and after eating very fatty and messy meals. The pleasantness of the papaya pulp is suitable for the preparation of low-alcohol drinks and cocktails in which the sweetness and delicate fragrance of the fruit can be found.
The papaya is not only a delicious fruit to taste, but it also has strong properties beneficial 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 already mentioned vitamins and enzymes, it is rich in folic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper, pantothenic acid and flavonoids.
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