Papaya is an all-year-round fruit that is used in a wide range of dishes and drinks around the world. This is one fruit that you come to love only when you have developed a taste for it. You will not find many people confessing their love for this fruit, but the ones who love papaya cannot leave their house in the morning without eating a bowlful of it. It has a sweet taste and happens to be a treasure trove of nutrients like antioxidants, minerals and multi-vitamins
You can eat it raw or toss it in your fruit salad as it is an energy booster. We all are familiar with the health-benefiting properties of papaya like it is good for digestion and also keeps liver healthy, but did you know that eating papaya may also help you lose weight? Yes, you heard us right!
Papaya is a low-calorie fruit and can be included in your weight loss diet. A 100-gram serving of papaya has only 43 calories, as per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But that’s not it. Papaya is also high in proteins, which help boost our digestion, prevent constipation and promote smooth bowel movement.
According to the book, ’Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing House, "Papaya contains the enzymes papain and chymonpapain (digestive enzymes), both have been shown to aid digestion, prevent constipation, and, in combination with the fruit’s natural fibre, cleanse colon." A healthy gut and digestive system have also been linked with healthy weight loss.
Besides this, papaya is full of water and fibre content. Fibre keeps you full for longer and curbs untimely cravings. Moreover, fibre tends to thicken water and form a gel-like substance that sits in the gut. This substance further delays the emptying of the stomach and increases the time it takes to digest and absorb nutrients - all this results in a feeling of fullness.
So, what are you waiting for? Add papaya to your weight loss diet and lose weight naturally.