Did you know that the papaya is often referred to as the “Fruits of Angel”? Christopher Columbus, an Italian voyager, firstly gave this name due to its deliciously sweet, musky and heavenly taste. Even centuries ago, the Mayans, indigenous people of south eastern Mexico and parts of America used to worship papaya tree and called it as “Tree of life”. This is because the papaya is very useful in many ways. Unripe papaya can be used for making salad; cooking curry and stew while the ripe ones are often being eaten, making smoothies or milkshakes as well as utilized as skin care products.
If you’re thinking of calories, fret not. Papaya is low in calories (43 kcal per 100g), low in sugar content and has no cholesterol. They are loaded with nutrients especially Vitamin C & A, flavonoids as well as minerals including potassium and folate. Can you imagine that half of a small papaya already contains 150% of daily value of Vitamin C? Thus, it has antioxidant properties to reduce inflammation and improve immunity system. Papaya also contains protein digestive enzyme called papain and rich source of fiber which is responsible for improving our digestive system, skin complexion, reducing the risk of cancer especially colon cancer, wound healing (burned areas) and is helpful to prevent heart diseases.
However, there are also concerns and misinterpretation of the papaya during women’s pregnancy. We are here to assure you that there’s nothing to be afraid of! Fully ripe papaya does not affect pregnant woman and it even aids constipation, curb morning sickness and stomach cramps. Having said that, unripe papayas, on the other hand, contain latex, which have an adverse effect on pregnant women specifically in causing contractions and maybe even miscarriage. Therefore, it is important to be aware when eating papayas and always remember to eat in moderation.
To wrap it up, we would like to suggest a delicious papaya smoothie made with only five ingredients!
Papaya Smoothie (Serves 2)
3/4 cup (100 g) cubed papaya, plus 1/3 cup (50 g) for decoration
1 tablespoon (15 ml) honey
1 2/3 cups (400 ml) Greek yogurt
1/2 cup spinach
6 ice cubes
Put 3/4 cup (100 g) of papaya, honey, spinach, 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of the yogurt, and ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the rest of the yogurt between two glasses and carefully fill with the blended smoothie. Top the rest of the reserved papaya cubes over each glass and serve. Then, dig in and enjoy!
- Medical News Today, ‘What Are The Health Benefits Of Papaya?’ Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275517.php
- Adebiyi, Adebowale, P. Ganesan Adaikan, and R. N. V. Prasad. ‘Papaya (Carica Papaya) Consumption Is Unsafe In Pregnancy: Fact Or Fable? Scientific Evaluation Of A Common Belief In Some Parts Of Asia Using A Rat Model’. BJN02 (2002): 199.
天使之果 – 木瓜
您可知道木瓜因它那诱人的甜味与口感，在几百年前被一位著名的意大利航海家，克里斯托弗·哥伦布，称为 “水果天使”？ 即使是位于东南部墨西哥的玛雅人也称它为“生命之树”。除了生食，木瓜还有许多的用途。未成熟的木瓜可用于制作沙拉、烹调咖喱或炖汤。熟木瓜可以制作果汁或奶昔，以及护肤产品。
今天，我们在此分享美味可口的木瓜奶昔食谱，只需5 种材料哦! 快而简单!
1 汤匙 (15毫升) 蜜糖
1 2/3 杯 (400 毫升) 优格乳
首先，将100克的木瓜，蜜糖，菠菜，1 1/4 杯（300 毫升）的优格乳及冰块放入果汁搅拌机然后搅拌至顺滑。把剩下的优格乳分成两杯然后把搅拌好的奶昔倒入杯里。最后，撒上剩下的木瓜在奶昔上面就可饮用。