This delicious fruit can be consumed in juices, smoothies, salads and other dishes. (Free Press Photo: Services)
Papaya is a tropical fruit harvested throughout the year in Guatemala. This data is not only a reason for happiness for those who enjoy its flavor but it should also be for those who wish to reduce the risk of suffering from some diseases.
And it is that papaya is credited with having the ability to avoid obesity, in addition to minimizing the chances of having hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.RELATED
Eating papaya can bring great benefits to your skin because it has antioxidants. (Free Press Photo: Services)
Among the nutritional properties of this sweet fruit, it stands out that it is an excellent source of fiber, which lowers blood cholesterol levels. It also helps prevent constipation and delays glucose absorption.
To favor the formation of collagen and protect the skin from solar radiation and its effects, in addition to activating the absorption of iron and reducing the risk of asthma in its consumers.
It also has vitamins B1, B2 and B3, in addition to the A, C and D. The vitamin B group that contains papaya is very important for the body: vitamin B is crucial for the growth, development and functioning of cells. Vitamin B2 helps in the production of red blood cells. Finally, vitamin B3 helps the functioning of the digestive system, skin and nerves.
According to Mayo Clinic professionals, in addition to having antioxidant properties, vitamin A is an important nutrient for vision, growth, cell division, reproduction and immunity. They also ensure that the body needs vitamin C to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscles and collagen in the bones. And of vitamin D they emphasize that it is necessary to form and maintain healthy bones.
Nutritionist Alejandra Fernández points out that it also contains minerals such as sodium, potassium, iodine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. It also gives a significant supply of water to the body, making it an excellent diuretic.
Finally, Fernández suggests taking advantage of the versatility of this food to include it as much as possible in his family's diet. “In addition to eating portions of papaya or mixing it with water to make a smoothie, you can combine it with other fruits such as watermelon or pineapple to cool off and also get its diuretic benefits. Another excellent alternative is to mix it with yogurt, oatmeal and a little honey, ”he says.
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