Eating a bowl of papaya every day on an empty stomach can keep your constipation woes at bay in addition to nourishing your body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. The miracle fruit is a natural laxative that can keep bowel movements smooth. The sweet and juicy fruit can also do wonders for your energy levels. It is a storehouse of vitamin C and can also help reduce stress. Papaya, thanks to its digestive enzyme papain and lots of dietary fiber, is a superfood for your gut health, as in addition to constipation it can also help treat indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and stomach ulcers . (Also Read: Amazing Benefits Of Ginger Juice On An Empty Stomach According To Nutritionists)
Papaya is a nutrient powerhouse that has vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E., folate, magnesium, folate, potassium and copper. Papaya also makes sure that you absorb the nutrients of your meal better. In addition to this, papaya can help detoxify the body naturally. Eating papaya in the morning can boost satiety as it can keep hunger at bay.
“Papaya is rich in the enzyme Papain which provides many benefits to the fruit, especially in relieving constipation and aiding digestion. Eating papaya in the morning on an empty stomach can help detoxify and digest the body. Papaya fruit is rich in antioxidants and one can consume papaya in the morning or in the evening,” says Shruti K Bhardwaj, Chief Dietician Zydus Hospitals, Ahmedabad.
Dr Rohini Patil, MBBS & Nutritionist, Founder of Nutracy Lifestyle, who specializes in nutrition and nutrition believes that the ideal time to eat papaya is two hours after each meal.
“Choosing to consume papaya on an ’empty stomach’ usually refers to a period of about two hours after each meal. During this time, digestive processes are less active, creating an optimal environment for many benefits,” says Dr . about the benefits of daily fruit consumption.
1. Optimized digestion
Enzymes such as papain in papaya work most effectively when digestive activity is reduced, enhancing protein digestion and minimizing the risk of indigestion.
2. Increased absorption of nutrients
Eating papaya two hours after a meal ensures that the fruit’s nutrients are absorbed efficiently, as there is less competition from other foods being processed in the digestive system.
3. Natural detoxification
The two-hour post-meal window aligns with a phase when the digestive system is less burdened, allowing papaya’s fiber content to effectively support natural detoxification and the elimination of waste and toxins.
4. Stabilized blood sugar levels
Waiting 2 hours after a meal to consume papaya helps prevent potential spikes in blood sugar levels, promoting better glycemic control.
5. Enhanced satiety
Eating papaya during this time contributes to feelings of fullness, making it an ideal snack for those looking for weight management benefits.
6. Improved utilization of nutrients
The body is in a state of increased nutrient utilization during this time, ensuring that the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in papaya are used efficiently by the body.
7. Prevention of digestive disorders
Eating papaya two hours after a meal reduces the chance of digestive discomfort or bloating that can occur when you combine certain fruits with a heavy meal.