Can Diabetic Individuals Eat Papaya? Myth Busted

By: Shabana

In today's world, all of us must have heard of diabetes. People dread the very term, thinking that it is an end to all their sweet binges. But how much about it do we know anyway?

Diabetes is caused when the body decreases the production of the hormone called Insulin.

Insulin is secreted by the pancreas and it helps in digesting and storing the sugar in our food. When the insulin amount is low, the body will not be able to digest the sugars, which in turn causes a whole lot of other issues. That is why diabetic patients are injected with insulin to make up for the shortage.

can diabetic patients eat papaya

When you are suffering from Diabetes, people tend to give you all types of advices. People recommend these individuals not to eat anything sweet or even fruits, as it may suddenly increase their blood sugar level.

But it is not usually the case. All fruits may not necessarily worsen your condition. There are some which may actually help you manage diabetes.

Time and again, people have advised diabetic patients to stay away from fruits such as papaya. Reason being, it is a fruit and hence it contains a high amount of sugar. Though a few fruits like citrus fruits are bad for them, Papaya definitely isn't.

Here are the reasons why papaya is good for diabetic patients.

can diabetic patients eat papaya

Low In Sugar:
Papaya is low in sugar (8.3 grams in a cup of papaya). Studies also reveal that a certain compound in papaya may slow down the progression of Type 2 diabetes.

It is also rich in an enzyme called 'papain', which protects the individuals with diabetes from the damage of harmful free radicals.

can diabetic patients eat papaya

Rich in Vitamins:
It contains vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, iron, etc., which will keep you away from heart diseases. Because of its hypoglycaemic nature, papaya can prevent diabetes-related heart disease.

can diabetic patients eat papaya

Filled With Fibre:
Papaya is also full of fibre and is filling. A generous serving of papaya during the snack time will keep your tummy full for long and will also prevent you from unhealthy binging.

Low In Glycaemic Index:
Papaya is also low in glycaemic index, which means it will release its natural sugars slowly, so as to not increase your blood sugar levels.

These definitely are reasons enough to include papaya in your diet. Not just papaya, fruits like blueberries, avocados, watermelon, plums and guavas can also be included in the diet, as they all are diabetic-friendly yet tasty.

Diabetic patients: Eating

So, the next time you want to eat something sweet yet healthy, go for a bowl of this fruit. This will not only help keep your blood sugar under control, but also nourish your body with a whole lot of nutrients.

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Story first published: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 16:30 [IST]
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