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The Papaya fruit also goes by the names of pawpaw or papaw. Nobody is sure of its origins, but it is probably of Central American derivation. It has associations with the ancient Mayan civilization and legend depicts it as one of Christopher Columbus's favorite fruits. In shape, it resembles a pear, but its skin is an orange color when fully ripened. A hole in the center of the fruit contains a large number of black seeds. Many eat papaya for its taste, but its claim to fame also rests on curative properties. In addition to the actual fruit, natural healers use its seeds and leaves.

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<span class="s1">1. Recommended for use in a diabetic-friendly salad</span>

People with diabetes much take special care to avoid foods that have a negative effect on their blood sugar levels. At the same time, they must eat sufficiently to provide all the nourishment they need. Research shows that fermented papaya can lower blood sugar levels but since too low blood sugar is also dangerous, discuss this move first with a doctor or diabetes care advisor. Since the fresh fruit is very rich in fructose, people with diabetes should only eat a small amount of it.

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