We need the right balance of bacteria in our gut. There’s many different kinds of bacteria in our digestive tract and when the balance gets thrown out of kilter- too many bad bacteria vs. the good kind- it can lead to a host of problems like a respiratory illness or skin irritation. One of the things that helps keep bacteria balanced are enzymes. These digestive workhorses break down foods, aiding digestion and keep the food flowing along very nicely.
Papain, a primary enzyme that breaks down protein, is abundant in papayas. So it stands to reason that if you’re eating papayas, you are also boosting digestive function which in turn will keep bacteria levels in check. Endpoint: a healthy immune system.
So trot on down to the supermarket and get yourself a Solo Papaya or two. This fruit is loaded with antioxidant nutrients. Plus you’ll be enjoying a caloric bargain.
Solo papaya ideas to try:
- Thinly sliced papaya combined with store-bought broccoli-slaw and tossed with plain Greek yogurt
- Diced papaya as an ingredient in marinated, chilled vegetable salads
- Sliced papaya with thinly sliced red onion and squeeze of fresh lime. So simple and so yummy with a nice contrast of textures. Soft papaya and crunchy onion. One of my favorites.
- Pureed papaya (papain also acts as a meat tenderizer..remember it breaks down protein in your body so it does the same on the plate) as a marinade ingredient for chops, steaks, chicken.