This papaya smoothie for weight loss is low in fats and high in fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and the anti-inflammatory papain enzyme. The papaya banana smoothie is vegan, low fodmap, and is a SIBO friendly recipe.
Papaya contains the enzyme papain, which is a protein-digesting enzyme that is great for gut health.
The consumption of excessive quantities of fat can result in increased body weight and visceral fat. This low-fat papaya and banana smoothie for weight loss is listed as a green light food by the authors of mastering diabetes.
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, characterized by high triglycerides and high blood sugar. High-fat diets, especially high saturated fat diets, can cause weight gain and fatty liver.
Fortunately, papaya has beneficial effects on obesity, inflammation, and oxidative stress, thus reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Papaya is good for diabetics due to papaya’s medicinal properties that include antioxidant and liver-protective properties.
Both inflammation and fatty liver are underlying causes of insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes. This banana papaya smoothie for weight loss also helps to prevent insulin resistance and fatty liver!
Is papaya good for weight loss?
Papaya is good for weight loss and diabetes via several mechanisms. A study done in mice demonstrated the beneficial effects of papaya for weight loss. Mice fed a high-fat diet with papaya juice had significantly decreased fat accumulation compared to the mice fed a high-fat diet which caused weight gain. This papaya weight loss smoothie is a fantastic way to get papaya into your diet.
The consumption of papaya has been shown to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower insulin levels
- Increase antioxidant activity
- Lower lipid oxidation (damaged fats)
- Reduce fat accumulation in fat cells
A high-fat diet is associated with elevated fats in the blood, such as triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol. The intake of papaya reduced all of these blood lipids.
Is papaya anti-inflammatory?
One of the characteristics of obesity and insulin resistance is low-grade chronic inflammation. Mice fed a high-fat diet had increased inflammatory markers, while mice supplemented with papaya juice had significantly decreased inflammatory markers. The vitamin c and beta carotene phytonutrients in papaya likely underlie the reduction in inflammatory markers in this study.
Papaya also promotes catalase and superoxide dismutase activity which is the body’s potent antioxidant enzymes. The anti-inflammatory benefits of papaya are due to papaya’s ability to boost internal antioxidant production and contain nutrients with antioxidant properties. Making a papaya smoothie is good for weight loss due to papayas anti-inflammatory properties
Benefits of this papaya smoothie for weight loss:
- Reduces fat absorption
- Promotes weight loss
- Lowers blood lipids
- Prevents fatty liver
- It contains the digestive enzyme papain for gut health
- Low in saturated fats
- Low fodmap and SIBO friendly smoothie recipe
Is papaya good for fatty liver?
Papaya has also been shown to prevent fatty liver in mice fed a high-fat diet. Fatty liver is an underlying cause of weight gain and insulin resistance. Once again, papaya has liver-protective effects and reduces inflammation by boosting internal antioxidant enzymes. If your looking for papaya smoothie weight loss recipes this papaya smoothie is for you!
Both papaya and banana were on my superfoods list for gut health from the viome gut test. Papaya was recommended as one of my superfoods to eat to help improve my inflammatory gut score, and bananas contain resistant starches to help feed beneficial probiotics and restore the microbial diversity in the colon.
After taking IV antibiotics after labor, I got the viome gut health test done, and my microbial diversity was extremely low. One of the cons of using antibiotics is they also wipe out the good bacteria with the harmful bacteria. For this reason, it is essential to focus on eating gut-healthy foods such as papaya and banana to provide prebiotics for the microbiome.
I also scored below average on my metabolic fitness score, associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels. My metabolic fitness score was interesting to note as I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was able to manage it through diet, but I was borderline insulin resistant.
Diet, inflammation, gut health, weight loss, and insulin resistance are intimately connected in various ways.
This papaya smoothie for weight loss benefits gut health, SIBO, IBS, and insulin resistance. It is ultra-smooth, creamy, and naturally sweet. It is made with four ingredients only: papaya, banana, almond milk, and hemp seeds. The papaya smoothie also tastes delicious with a dash of cinnamon, a great spice for weight loss, gut health, and diabetes.
How to make a papaya smoothie for weight loss
It is super easy to make a papaya smoothie for weight loss although you will want to make sure you purchase a ripe papaya for the best flavor. I used fresh papaya in this recipe and added 2 ice cubes to make this papaya weight loss smoothie with banana chilled.
The easiest way to prepare the papaya to use in smoothies is to cut the papaya in half lengthwise then spoon out the seeds on the inside and discard them in the garbage. I then use a paring knife to cut the outer skin off the papaya. Once the skin is peeled chop the papaya into 1-inch chunks and place in the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
Depending on the size of papaya you buy you may only use half or 1/4 of the papaya. I usually buy medium to small papayas and use one half at a time so I cut it in half and place one half on a plate face down in the fridge with the skin and seeds left intact then peel and de-seed that half I am using the banana papaya smoothie for weight loss.
Papaya is such a delicious, healthy fruit for weight loss. This papaya smoothie reminds me of my time in Bali where I had fresh smoothies and juices every day! They sure know how to make the best tropical smoothies there! I am sure you will love this papaya smoothie just as much though.
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Papaya Smoothie for Weight Loss – Low Fat and Low FODMAP
- High speed blender
- 1 cup fresh papaya
- ½ banana
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 ice cubes
- Chop a medium to small papaya in half and peel the skin off half using a knife. Take the seeds out. Place in the blender with banana, hemp seeds, and almond milk. Add in 2 ice cubes and blend on high for 20 seconds.
Anti-obesity effect of Carica papaya in high-fat diet fed rats