Papaya is known to be one of the world’s super fruits and it is packed with lots of nutrients needed for the body. It is low in calories and fat, and high in dietary fibre. Every part of the papaya is regarded as beneficial, even the seeds. But have you thought about the side effects of papaya?
Eating papaya is good for you but it isn’t without its side effects. Yes, there is a not-so-good side to this beautiful fruit too. As you know too much of anything never gives a positive outcome so it is true to papaya. Excess consumption of papaya may bring some side-effects.
Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C, and one single medium fruit provides 224 percent of recommended daily intake.
One medium papaya has approximately:
- 120 calories
- 30 grams of carbohydrate – including 5 grams of fiber and 18 grams of sugar
- 2 grams of protein
- Papayas are also a good source of:
- vitamin A
- pantothenic acid
They also have B vitamins, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, vitamin K, and lycopene, the powerful antioxidant most commonly associated with tomatoes.
One needs to limit the intake of papaya if they have any one or many of the below-listed medical conditions. Take a look.
Papaya Enzyme and Breast Feeding
Some sources advise against using papaya enzymes, unripe papaya or even the ripe fruit during breast feeding, though no specific reasons or supporting research is given why.
Can Cause Unwanted Termination Of Pregnancy
Papaya especially the raw papaya is very harmful to pregnant women as it can lead to unwanted termination of pregnancy by triggering contraction of uterine due the presence of latex in it.
Can Cause Carotenemia Or Skin Discoloration
And eating too much of it can cause a condition where your skin can turn yellow-orange. This is not fatal, though.
May Cause Other Allergies
Some reactions include swelling of the mouth and face, dizziness, headache, itching and rashes around the mouth and tongue, and difficulty in swallowing.
Can Result in the Respiratory Disorders
The increased consumption of the papaya can cause different respiratory problems, like uneasy breathing, asthma, congestion in the nasal passages, wheezing and hay fever.
May Cause Diarrhea
Consume too much papaya can cause diarrhea. Fiber present in papaya can even bind up with the stool and worsen the condition of diarrhea and may increase the risk of dehydration.
Can Cause Development of Kidney Stones
Papaya has an abundance of Vitamin C. But high doses of Vitamin C can cause the formation of renal stones in the body.
Not Suitable For Infants Below One Year
Papaya is not so safe for infants below one year and mothers are advised to not to give papaya to their kids. This is because the presence of papain enzyme in papaya may upset the stomach of infant.
People with a latex allergy may also be allergic to papaya because papayas contain enzymes called chitanases. They can cause a cross-reaction between latex and the foods that contain them.
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