Papaya – Potassium Content And RecipesJune 13, 2010
Papaya is as nutritious and exotic as it is rich in potassium. With 781 mg. of potassium to be had in one papaya, it will go a long way towards helping you recover from a potassium deficiency. In fact, the papaya is also noted for its many medicinal properties. Papaya has been used as a folk medicine, as a laxative, antibacterial treatment, analgesic, amebicide, hypotensive and cardiotonic.
Papaya has an anti-inflammatory aspect, and this greatly reduces inflammations that bring in conditions such as arthritis, gout and asthma.
This potassium rich food is also rich in fibre. During bowel movements, it helps eliminate the toxins that can cause colon cancer.
Papaya is a natural laxative and known to aid digestion. If papaya is eaten regularly, it can ease both constipation and chronic diarrhea, as well as bleeding piles.
For The Lungs
If you are exposed regularly to smokers, or if you smoke frequently then you should drink papaya juice. It helps reduce lung inflammation.
Papaya has three, powerful anti-oxidants. These control cholesterol levels, for which high levels can result in strokes and heart problems.
For Menstrual Flow
If you consume unripe (green) papaya, it is also very beneficial – especially to those who have an irregular menstrual flow. Consumption of papaya regulates proper menstrual flow, and provides a soothing sensation. Green papaya also has the benefit of being the main ingredient in delicious Green Papaya Salad. (See the recipe below.)
For The Skin
Unripe (green) papaya juice is very beneficial to people who have skin problems, like psoriasis and acne. When papaya is applied on wounds, it helps lessen swelling and formation. Papaya makes your skin look delicate and smooth. Try it and you’ll be surprised at the effect.
For The Throat
Mix unripe papaya and honey. This helps reduce inflamed tonsils and other throat infections. It also prevents the spread of infections.
For The Spleen
Papaya is beneficial if you suffer from spleen enlargement. Place a ripe papaya for about one week in vinegar. Then eat daily – until your spleen is normalised.
Potassium Rich Foods – Papaya Recipes
I. Green Papaya Salad
1 cup (89 grams) of cubed green cabbage
2 cups (200 grams) of grated green papaya
3 minced garlic cloves
½ pound string beans
3 chillies, dried and chopped
1 tablespoon (12.5 grams) of sugar
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) lime juice
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) of soy sauce
5 tablespoons (70 grams) roasted and crushed peanuts
4 tablespoons (5.6 grams) chopped cilantro leaves
3 tomatoes cut into slices
1. Put your green cabbage in a large platter and arrange the papaya and beans in layers.
2. Mix the garlic, soy sauce, sugar, chillies and lime juice together in a small bowl.
3. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad. Place peanuts, tomatoes and cilantro on top.
Serving Size: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
II. Papaya Ice Cream
¾ cup (175 grams) of white sugar, granulated
1 ripe papaya, peeled, sliced and seeded
1 ¾ cups (420 ounces) of whipping cream, heavy
1 fresh lime
1. Put sugar, cream and eggs in a pan
2. Cook over low heat. Stir until thickened.
3. Do not boil.
4. Remove and let it cool, occasionally stir in order to avoid skin from forming.
5. Put papaya in a blender fitted preferably with a metal blade.
6. Juice the fresh lime. Set aside the lie zest.
7. Add both the juice and zest into the blender along with the papaya.
8. Add papaya mixture to the thickened cream. Stir thoroughly.
9. Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze accordingly.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes