Diabetes Management: This Summer Fruit Could Help Keep Your Blood Sugar in Control

From the pulp and seeds to the leaf, one can eat any part of the papaya plant to reap its benefits. According to some experts, papayas can also be a fruitful addition to a diabetes diet.

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: June 14, 2019 10:27 IST

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Diabetes Management: This Summer Fruit Could Help Keep Your Blood Sugar in Control

Diabetes is a condition where your body metabolises blood sugar at an abnormal pace.

Highlights
  • Summers are here in all its glory
  • Summer comes loaded with a bevy of fruits and vegetables
  • Papaya is one fruit we cannot get enough of this season

Summers are here and how. As the heat wave intensifies, there are very few likeable things about the weather right now. But amidst all the sweat, dehydration and irritability, one can always find some solace in juicy and refreshing summer fruits. Papaya is one summer fruit we cannot get enough of right now. In addition to being sweet and utterly delectable, papaya is also a storehouse of health benefits. It is packed with a bevy of health benefits; it is packed with antibacterial properties that helps keep your immunity top-notch. It is also a good source of antioxidants such as carotenoids, which protect and improve eye sight. Papaya is traditionally known for its digestion boosting properties. From the pulp and seeds to the leaf, one can eat any part of the papaya plant to reap its benefits. According to some experts, papayas can also be a fruitful addition to a diabetes diet.

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Diabetes is a condition where your body metabolises blood sugar at an abnormal pace. Diabetes is currently one of the biggest health concerns around the world. Millions are afflicted by the metabolic disorder and if the recent estimates are to be believed, by the year 2030, India is expected to have 98 million diabetics. Diabetics need to be mindful of what they add to their diet. They must steer clear of sugary and carb-dense foods. Instead, they should include foods rich in fibres. And, this is one of the many reasons why papaya fits the bill.



Here's Why Adding Papaya To Your Diet May Help You Manage Diabetes Better:

1. Papayas Are Rich In Antioxidants

According to macrobiotic nutritionist and health practitioner, Shilpa Arora, papaya is replete with natural antioxidants, which make papaya a great choice for diabetics. Diabetics are often prone to many ailments, including heart or nerve damage caused by irregular blood sugar levels. Consuming papayas could help obstruct future cell damage due to free radical activity and increase its life span. 

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2. Papayas Are Rich In Fibre

Papayas are enriched with dietary fibres that can aid digestion and also keep your heart healthy by keeping bad cholesterol at bay. Eating this food that is rich in fibre also enables slow release of sugar in the bloodstream, which prevents blood sugar fluctuations. 

3. Papayas Are Low In Calories

The low-calorie fruit is often a staple in salads. Weight gain is a common cause of concern among diabetics. Including papayas in your diet will help you keep your weight in check. 

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Papaya for Diabetes:Diabetes management: The low-calorie fruit is often a staple in salads.

Other Benefits Of Papaya

  • Boosts Immunity - Papaya is a great source of vitamin A, B, C, and K and is known as an excellent immunity booster. It is great for the growth of body tissues, including hair and skin. It helps in maintaining collagen, the structural protein of connective tissues. It is said that a medium-sized papaya could provide you double your daily requirement of vitamins.
  • Skin Cleanser - Beauty experts too, often suggest using slices of papaya as a natural skin cleanser as the active enzymes work wonders to remove impurities.
  • Keep a check on Arthritis - It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. Regular consumption helps in building up the calcium bank in the body and in the long run could help keep a check on arthritis.  

How To Include Papaya In A Diabetes Diet

Papayas tend to have slightly higher natural sugar content, which is why you should always consume them in moderation. Do not mix them with your main meals; it's best to have fruits in between meals as a snack. You can however mix them up with some nuts like almonds, which may help balance the glycemic load of the fruit. 
 

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