Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Wonder Shake

The botanical name for papaya is Carica Papaya, but it is often called “The Fruit of the Angels”.  It is a tropical fruit and botanically speaking, it is a berry. Growing up, I remember picking papayas from the trees in the backyard of my house. While visiting family in Florida I have spotted some papaya trees and that awoke my desire to share what I know about this wonderful fruit.


A ripe papaya is delicious just with a bit of sugar and a splash of lemon or lime juice.  You can find it dehydrated in your local supermarkets and often mixed in fruit trail mixes. In South America, it is often sliced while still green and slow-cooked in heavy syrup made out of sugar and water with a touch of cloves. Now, the best and easiest way to consume this wonder fruit is in a shake or smoothie.

2 ½ cups of ripe papaya cut in small chunks  
2 cups whole milk or skim milk
3 tbsp. sugar

Put diced papaya, milk, sugar in the blender and blend it into a smooth milkshake.

Reported Health Benefits of Papaya
  • Papaya contains the digestive enzyme papain and therefore valuable for aiding digestion.
  • The unique protein-digesting enzymes; papain and chymopapain have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns in addition to helping in digestion of proteins. The antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, are also very good at reducing inflammation.
  • The ripe fruit is easily digestible and prevents constipation.
  • Case studies indicate that this food taken alone for two or three days has a highly beneficial tonic effect upon the stomach and intestines.
  • The juice of the papaya aids in relieving infections of the colon and has a tendency to break down pus and mucus reached by the juice.
  • May help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue (ripe papaya). Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon and keep them away from the healthy colon cells. In addition, papaya’s folate, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and vitamin E have each been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer
  • Prevents nausea (includes morning sickness and motion sickness)
  • The seeds are antihelmintic, for expelling worms and they are given with honey. Chew and swallow two teaspoonfuls of seeds after each principal meal (three times a day).
  • Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A (through their concentration of pro-vitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients), three very powerful antioxidants.
  • Papayas are also a good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels.


Food Lover said...

YUM I cant wait to try this. I also can't wait for the sneak preview of Extreme Chef on The Food Network this Sunday at 10:30pm/9:30c!!

Margaret said...

ooo i just love papayas! i eat it with a little lemon juice on top. yum :)


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