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Papaya Digestive Enzymes Benefits
Did you papain is a very effective protein digester?
It’s so effective chefs often use it to tenderize tough cuts of meat.
Not only that, papain is often compared to the enzyme pepsin, which is produced in our stomach to break down food.
This enzyme can aid digestion by breaking down proteins into amino acids for our bodies to absorb. Not only that, papain can also digest tough proteins such as the casein in milk and wheat.
Casein and hard to digest proteins are often implicated in many food allergies.
As pointed out earlier, unripe papaya has substantially more enzymes than the ripe version. The only problem, its not very appetizing.
I personally find, that letting the papaya ripen until the outer skin is about 30% green and 70% orange, is a good way to obtain enough enzymes while still tasting sweet enough.
I have to say, the unripened papaya is an acquired taste and is in complete contrast to the ripened version.
However, what the ripe papaya loses in digestive enzymes it gains in taste as well as its important antioxidants and vitamin A, C and E.