All About Papaya

Papaya, as we all know is one of the healthiest foods in the world. Even Christopher Columbus called papaya the “fruit of the angels”. But besides being a tasty, bright-colored fruit and an ingredient in countless of recipes, what other benefits does the papaya fruit have?

Papaya is a great contributor to skin care. It is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin B or pantothenic acid, which is an essential nutrient for many animals and is used in many skin care and hair products. Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain make this fruit a great exfoliator that removes dead skin cells. Vitamin A is also known to promote collagen and elastin that help increase turnover rate, which then stimulates new cell production.

 

Papaya Uses (direct application)

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Warning: make sure you are not allergic to papaya. Take a small amount of papaya and rub it on your wrist. If your skin itches, reddens, or gets swollen, you may be allergic to it. Ask your doctor first before eating or applying anything that has papaya in it.

 

Papaya having a low sodium quality results in very little water retention that keeps your skin hydrated. Mashing a ripe papaya and making it into a fine paste can also be used to hydrate and treat dry skin. Papaya is also known for its healing remedy. It can treat cracked and sore heels.

To Tighten: Mash the papaya fruit. Add several drops of milk (half/half, whole, or whipping cream) and apply to your face and neck. Leave for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply moisturizer afterwards.

To Hydrate and Moisturize: Mash the papaya fruit. Add honey and coconut oil and apply to your face or any areas that need hydrating. Leave for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply moisturizer afterwards.

To Brighten: Scoop the papaya fruit out to eat and save the skin. Rub the peel across your clean face or any areas you want to brighten. Do this no more than 3 times a week. Leave on for no longer than 7 minutes to avoid redness and drying. Use a moisturizer that contains at least SPF-15 sunscreen.

 

 

Papaya Recipes

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Breakfast Partfait

Makes: 1 serving

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, papaya chunks or cling peaches
  • 2 teaspoons toasted wheat germ

PREPARATION

Place cottage cheese (or yogurt) in a small bowl. Top with fruit and sprinkle with wheat germ.

 

Papaya Avocado Salad

Makes: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium papaya, diced
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 3/4 cup diced jicama
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat raspberry vinaigrette

PREPARATION

Toss papaya, avocado, jicama, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette in a medium bowl.

 

Hawaiian Smoothie

Makes: 2 servings, 1 cup each

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

NUTRITION PROFILE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled papaya
  • 1/4 cup guava nectar, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/2 cup ice

PREPARATION

Place ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Pulse three times to chop the fruit, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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