If you are pregnant, avoid papayas.
June 30, 2007 12:00am CST
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, avoid eating papaya or using a papaya product. Papaya is sometimes recommended for soothing indigestion, which is a common ailment during pregnancy. Although a fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous, a papaya that is at all unripe contains a latex substance that triggers uterine contractions and may cause a miscarriage. 1 The papaya enzyme that helps soothe indigestion is called papain, or vegetable pepsin. Papain is found in the fruit's latex and leaves. 1 Researchers have noted that unripe papaya latex acts like prostaglandin and oxytocin, which the body makes to start labor. 2 Synthetic prostaglandin and oxytocin are commonly used to start or strengthen labor contractions.
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• New Zealand
30 Jun 07
Wow, Hi there. I never knew "Papayas" could have such an effect on the pregnant women, Now I do... This is good information and handy to know about, because I know 2 people who are pregnant and both enjoy there fruit... So thank you for your post... Have a good one
30 Jun 07
Good post tombiz. Since we are not talking about papaya, I wanna ask you if you think it helps in my diet. You see am kinda big and trying hard to loose weight and am on fruit diet right now. I hope papaya isn't dangerous for me and is still helpful for my regular bowel movement.