This is why doctors ask pregnant women not to eat papaya!
Almost every doctor will tell you to stay away from papaya during pregnancy, and they almost never tell you why. Well, here is the mystery solved for all you to-be mothers out there.
1. Induces Abortion
Papaya seeds, roots, and infusion of the leaves can cause abortions. And unripe papaya fruits have a high concentration of latex which can cause uterine contractions. As the fruit ripens, the concentration of latex reduces significantly. But still, if you’re pregnant it’s best to avoid papayas.
Papaya seeds can also increase blood flow during periods and even induce menstrual periods.Something to consider if you’re planning a pregnancy.
2. Causes Birth Defects
This again is for all moms-to-be. Papain, a chemical component found in papaya leaves and fruit, can be toxic to your baby and cause birth defects if you take it while you’re pregnant. Unripe papayas have a higher concentration of papain than ripe papayas, but it’s safer to avoid papayas altogether during pregnancy. Also, we don’t know enough to say whether papaya is safe during breastfeeding, so it might be best to limit its consumption during this time as well.
3. Can Damage The Food Pipe
You might be tempted to binge on papayas. But having large quantities of papaya orally can damage your esophagus, the food tube that connects your throat to your stomach.While researchers don’t seem to have a number yet, it’s unlikely that normal servings of the fruit can cause this reaction. A one cup serving of papaya (148 g) can be safely included it in your daily quota of fruits.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar
Fermented papaya can lower blood sugar. It could cause your blood sugar to drop excessively if you already have low blood sugar or are taking medication to control blood sugar. It can also have an impact on sugar levels after and during surgery. So it’s best to stop taking fermented papaya about two weeks before undergoing a surgical procedure.
5. Causes Allergy
Papaya latex can cause a severe allergic reaction in certain people. Latex is usually obtained by cutting into unripe papaya fruits. But ripe papaya fruits contain some latex too. And remember, if you have a latex allergy, an allergic reaction to proteins contained in natural rubber latex, you might also be allergic to papaya. So it’s best to avoid having papaya or products containing papaya.
6. Bad For Children With Cystic Fibrosis
Papaya is often recommended for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) as it contains the digestive enzyme papain which can be beneficial for the condition. However, some research indicates that children with CF who take digestive enzymes like papain may develop fibrosing colonopathy, a condition which damages the large intestine.And since papain is found in papaya leaves and fruit, it might be best for children with CF to steer clear of the fruit.
7. Interacts With Blood Thinning Medication
Papaya may enhance the effects of some medications used for blood thinning, which can lead to bleeding and bruising. Do check in with your doctor about adjusting your dose of blood thinning medication if you take papaya.
8. Can Be Toxic
You might have heard of the various health benefits of papaya seeds – for instance, they’re considered to be beneficial for the health of your liver and kidneys. However, if you do decide to indulge in this newly popular health food, take care to limit the quantity you consume. Papaya seeds contain a compound known as benzyl isothiocyanate which can be toxic in high concentrations.
9. Lowers Fertility
Animal studies have found that papaya seed extracts can negatively impact male fertility bylowering sperm countand suppressing sperm motility.So if you’re trying for a baby, avoid these.