Kulsum Mehmood is an Eye Consultant in a Private Eye Institute. She is a single mother. She likes to write and can cook delicious meals.
Papayas : Benefits and Drawbacks :
- An excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.
- High in folate and beta carotene.
- An extract is used to tenderize meat.
- Can cause dermatitis in some people.
Papayas prevent Night blindness and help in digestion :
Native to Central America, papayas are now grown in tropical climates around the world.
Like most yellow-orange fruits, papayas are high in vitamin C and beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. One medium-size papaya supplies more than twice the adult Recommended Dietary Allowancw ( RDA ) of vitamin C, almost 30 percent of the RDA of folate, and 800 mgs of potassium. Beta-carotene helps prevent Vitamin A deficiency in the body and thus prevents night-blindness.
Papayas contain papain, and enzyme that is similar to the digestive juice pepsin. Because this enzyme breaks down protein, papain extract from papayas is marketed as a meat tenderizer. It has also been used medically to treat ruptured spinal disks, but this treatment has fallen out of favour in most places. Topical ointments containing papain are sometimes applied to promote the shedding of dead tissue. It also lightens and sometimes removes fresh scars from face and arms when rubbed on them daily. Papain causes the dermatitis that some people experience when handling papayas. This irritation is not necessarily an allergic reaction.
Usually eaten raw, the fruit should be washed, split open, and the black seeds scooped out.
Raw Papayas are user as tenderizer in cooking meat ... also ripe papayas are used in preparing beverages :
You can also use papayas in cooking. They impart a sweet Carribean flavor to chicken or fish dishes. A few pieces of papaya added to a stew tenderizes the meat, while its pectin serves as a natural thickener.
Papaya nectar is a popular beverage, but many bottled varieties are mostly water and sugar. A product that contains only 33 percent papaya juice can still be sold as papaya nectar.
© 2009 Dr Kulsum Mehmood
lex123 on March 15, 2013:
I love papaya fruit. We also use raw papaya for a side dish. Very useful hub.
marisuewrites from USA on March 07, 2009:
I am just getting used to mangos and papayas and beginning to really enjoy them! thanks for this info!! Drying the seeds is new to me too!!
hot dorkage from Oregon, USA on March 01, 2009:
Great hub. I love papayas and indian food in general, especially turmeric. It really helps with all the aches and pains I get by being a "mature" athlete. My food blog http://food.dorkage.net has a papaya smoothie recipe. I didn't know you can dry the seeds and use them as peppercorns. I look forward to trying that when I get better.
ngureco on February 20, 2009:
I like the papaya fruit. In Brazil, its known by the Indian name "mamao".
Its true papaya is good in controlling worms and improving digestion especially in young children.
Dr Kulsum Mehmood (author) from Nagpur, India on February 09, 2009:
Thank you Muthusamy.
Muthusamy R from CHENNAI India on February 08, 2009:
Highly informative HUB
Dr Kulsum Mehmood (author) from Nagpur, India on January 30, 2009:
Thank you laringo for stopping.
laringo from From Berkeley, California. on January 30, 2009:
Thanks for information. I love papayas and when not available, I just but the juice.