Papaya Seed Benefits
I am always intrigued to find foods that have super power benefits. My recent find is papaya seeds! When most people cut into a papaya, they throw away the seeds. Little do they know, the seeds contain so many properties that can benefit your body. The top 3 benefits that I find useful are:
- DIGESTIVE PROPERTIES: Papaya seeds contain natural digestive enzymes that help break down undigested protein in your digestive tract. Eating papaya seeds with a meal can prevent bloating or indigestion after the meal.
- TREAT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS OF FOOD POISONING: Papaya seeds have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects which is effective at killing E coli, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria.
- DETOXIFCATION OF THE LIVER: The seeds can improve the liver’s ability to eliminate toxins within the body.
How to Prepare the Seeds
To reap the benefits of the papaya seeds, cut a papaya in half lengthwise. Simply scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Put them in a strainer and rinse off any juices left behind. Store it in a container in the fridge. You can also store them in the freezer to last longer.
How I use them
I simply take a teaspoon of papaya seeds and sprinkle it on top of my food. The seeds taste very close to peppercorns so it almost acts as a replacement for adding pepper on top of my food. From experience I have discovered that adding papaya seeds to my meals like a condiment tastes great on avocado toast, hummus on crackers, salads, and even soups. When I add papaya seeds on top of my meal, it helps digest the food easier so I feel really good after eating. Through research, I have found that it is recommended to only consume a half to a full teaspoon of papaya seeds at once.
I hope you try it out and of course, don’t forget to eat the papaya fruit while you’re at it!