The papaya, a tasty, tropical, pear-shaped fruit that is easily available in fruit stands is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits to eat. Papaya fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium. Studies have shown that it helps prevent certain types of cancers and it also contains a digestive enzyme called papain which is valuable for aiding digestion.
Papain or vegetable pepsin is found in Papaya’s latex and leaves. Researchers have noted that unripe papaya latex acts like prostaglandin and oxytocin. Synthetic prostaglandin and oxytocin are commonly used to start or strengthen labor contractions, there fore unripe papayas may cause severe complications in pregnancy or may even cause miscarriage. Women in different parts of the world have long used green papaya and papaya seeds as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion.
So if you want a healthy pregnancy, it is better to stay away from unripe papaya. Ripe papaya will not cause abortion in large amounts, but if you are pregnant, would you risk it?