Did you know that consuming papaya seeds is good for you? Several studies have proven the positive action of this habit for health. Contrary to what is usually done, wasting these lumps is a big mistake.
That’s because, despite the bitter taste, it adds many benefits, acting as a powerful natural laxative . In addition, it is good for the intestine, improving its functioning, and can also fight worms.
And best of all, we have this fruit in abundance in Brazil. In fact, the place of origin of papaya is Central America, but it is Brazil that holds the title of world’s largest producer of this fruit.
Its pulp is widely consumed fresh , in the form of juices and sweets. However, its seeds, which represent almost 15% of the fruit’s volume, are usually rejected for domestic consumption ( 1 ). Something that shouldn’t happen, and we explain why.
The main benefits of papaya seeds
It is possible to verify the relationship of papaya seeds with anti-protozoal, anthelmintic and antibacterial activities, in addition to the laxative action.
One of the biggest benefits of consuming papaya seeds is its anthelmintic power. A compound called benzyl isothiocyanate is responsible for this property of the ingredient, fighting from bacteria to fungi, viruses and protozoa. ( 2 )
The use of papaya seed was also found to inhibit the development of clusters of Staphylococcus aureus (bacteria present in the skin and nasal passages, responsible for skin and respiratory diseases), Bacillus cereu s (bacteria that cause food infection) and Escherichia coli (bacteria causing gastrointestinal infections), among others. ( 3 )
In summary, adding papaya seeds to daily consumption prevents the evolution of infections and controls the manifestation of worms and parasites in the body.
Favors intestinal functioning
Papaya seeds are rich in fiber , which speeds up intestinal transit and favors the formation of feces. Its consumption is very indicated to solve cases of intestinal constipation , acting as a powerful natural laxative . ( 4 )
The consumption of papaya seeds does not trigger expressive diuretic or thermogenic effects when compared to other foods, but as it is a compound rich in fiber , it needs more time to be digested, spending more time in the body, which generates satiety.
That is, the person takes longer to feel hungry. With that, you start to eat less and avoid “nipping” out of time. In this way, papaya seeds indirectly help to lose weight .
How to consume
There is a real range of options for making use of papaya seeds. In addition to fresh consumption , there is also the possibility of making flour from the seeds, making combinations in the kitchen even easier.
Pure stones can be eaten with the fruit. They can also be added to salads , fruit, tropical salads, mixed with grilled vegetables or served in soups and stews.
In this configuration, some people may find the seeds bitterness strange. So, when using the seeds in recipes for shakes, juices and vitamins, also invest in the combination with other ingredients with a strong flavor to soften the taste of papaya seeds. The tip is to bet on lemon , pineapple, ginger, mint and orange.
Papaya Seed Flour
The seeds in the form of flour can be used in the recipes mentioned above in order to facilitate their ingestion. It can also replace black pepper in meat and fish seasoning . This use is possible thanks to the spicy flavor it has after being ground.
One tip is to make a seasoning mix. Using the same amounts of salt, garlic powder, ground papaya seeds and herbs to taste. This ready-made seasoning can be used to season meat and chicken before roasting.
how to make flour
The first step is to remove the seeds and wash them under running water with the help of a sieve. Then place the seeds on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 3 hours, or until the lumps are wrinkled. Once cold, grind with a pestle. You can use a blender to blend it too.
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup papaya seeds
- ½ cup chopped white onion
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 2 teaspoons of mustard sauce
- Sea salt.
Beat in a blender and store in a closed container in the refrigerator. Use in salads or to accompany meat.
This recipe was taken from the Gostos e Delicias website
- 1 cup of chopped papaya
- 1 cup of oil
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 cup and ½ sugar
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- ½ cup papaya seed meal
- 1 cup and ½ of all-purpose flour.
for the syrup
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of orange juice.
Beat the papaya, eggs and oil in a blender until it becomes a paste. Once beaten, add the sugar, flour and yeast in a bowl and mix well. Place in a pan greased with butter and flour and bake for 40 minutes. To make the syrup: bring the sugar and orange juice to the fire and simmer until it thickens.
This recipe was taken from the Sesc SP website
- 3 cups of papaya seeds
- 2 cups and ½ of sugar
- 1 cup of water.
Put the seeds in a pan, cover with water and cook for 15 minutes. Drain the water, place the seeds in a blender and add a cup of water. Beat, then sift. Place the strained liquid in a pan, add the sugar and heat, stirring until it thickens. Store in covered glass.
This recipe was taken from the Petit Chef website
Contraindications and precautions
Pregnant women should consume this ingredient without exaggeration and under medical guidance and supervision. Because they are spicy, these seeds change the PH of the stomach, which can lead to heartburn and reflux.
Some compounds present in papaya seeds can reduce fertility ( 4 ), so if your intention is to get pregnant, it is worth avoiding this food. Allergic people should stop drinking if it triggers reactions.