There is a lot of confusion as to every pregnant women whether to eat papaya or not. Researchers and doctors has defined that unripe or raw papaya is harmful for a pregnant women as it can leads to bleeding in placenta. In old era, people believed that papaya was used as successful tool for miscarriage and abortion.
Papaya comes with lots of benefits as it is rich in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, minerals and antioxidants which helps in lowering cholesterol and also prevents building up of cholesterol in arteries which is good sign of healthy heart. Other benefits are :
- Immunity booster
- Improves digestion
- Good for eyes health
- Heart friendly
- Good for skin
- Treats constipation
- Helps in preventing arthritis
- Protects against colon cancer
- Good for Diabetics
- Protects against infections, acne , etc.
It is well said that papaya is safe to eat as long as it is ripe and very much unsafe to eat when it is raw or unripe as unripe papaya contains a substance called Latex in rich quantity that may harm or bring complications in pregnancy. So in all this delima, many pregnant women excludes papaya totally in their diet. So if you are confused whether to include or exclude papaya in your diet, do consult your doctor/gynecologist.