Papaya or pawpaw is a delicious fruit that grows on the tropical plant of the same name. The fruit comes with many benefits for your health and skin -- not just internal benefits but external too.
Many love to have it on an empty stomach, add it to their salad or have detoxifying papaya juice. Not only is the fruit resplendent with various healthy qualities but its leaves are also commonly used to fight dengue fever. Papaya proves to be a good snack as well because it helps in weight loss.
However, the papaya has some not-so-good properties too which can affect your health. Before you go racing to the grocery store to stock up on this miracle of nature, you must know the truth. Let us have a look at the various side effects of eating too much papaya:
1. Can cause miscarriage
Raw papaya has been used as a natural way to terminate unwanted pregnancies. While the ripe papaya is considered a safer option, there are chances of raw ones triggering uterine contractions due to the presence of latex.
In addition to this, the papain enzyme present in the leaves of papaya acts like oxytocin and prostaglandin, the two hormones responsible for inducing labor and enhancing contractions.
2. You could be allergic
If you have respiratory disorders, such as asthma or any allergic conditions, then please exercise caution while eating papaya. At times, the pollen from the flowers might stick onto the skin of the papaya. So, if you are allergic, make sure you wear gloves while cleaning papayas. Discard the peel and then remove the glove, and thoroughly wash your hands.
3. Can upset your stomach
We know that the papaya is a delicious fruit but it might upset your gastrointestinal system if taken in high quantities. This, in turn, will cause an upset stomach characterised by:
- Abdominal cramps
- Stomach ache
4. Affects fertility
The extracts from the papaya seed can lower male fertility. It is said to lower sperm count and even impact sperm mobility.
5. May slow down heartbeat
Although the papaya is good for our cardiovascular system, keeps our heart healthy and also reduces the risk of heart attack and heart strokes, it is not suitable for people who are already suffering from cardiac disorders. This is because the papain enzyme present in papaya is known for slowing down our heartbeat in a dangerous manner, and may trigger various cardiovascular problems.
So, next time when you are advised by your fitness guru to consume papaya, keep these key points in your mind.