Is Papaya Good for Diabetes? How Much & When to Eat?

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 2-Aug-2021Read Time : 2 minutes
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Many people with diabetes might ask the question that can diabetics eat ripe papaya or is papaya good for diabetes. Read on to know the answer to these questions.

Contents:
  • Papaya Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Papaya for Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Papaya for Diabetes
  • When to consume Papaya for Diabetes
  • Risks of Over Consumption of Papaya
  • Other Health Benefits of Papaya
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Papaya Nutritional Profile

The glycemic index (GI) of a fruit determines how fast a fruit can increase glucose levels in the blood. Diabetic patients can consume fruits with low-to-medium GI. So, a sugar patient can eat papaya because papaya GI or papaya glycemic index is 60.

Other fruits with a low glycemic index are:

Fruits

Glycemic Index Score

Cherries

20

Grapefruit

25

Pears

38

Apples

39

Oranges

40

Plums

40

Strawberries

41

Peaches

42

Grapes 

53

Papaya

60

Watermelon

70

Doctors suggest papaya for sugar patients because every 100 grams of papaya contains -

Calories

32 

Protein

0.6 grams

Fat

0.1 grams

Fiber

2.6 grams

Carbs

7.2  grams

Papaya is good for sugar patients because it is also rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins (C, A, folate, B1, B3, B5, and K).

Advantages of Papaya for Diabetes

  • Papaya’s sugar content is low, and therefore, papaya and diabetes can go hand in hand.
  • Its high fiber content is useful in reducing sugar levels in the blood.
  • Natural antioxidants make it a great choice for diabetic patients.
  • The flavonoids present in Papaya can help to reduce diabetes naturally.

Ways to Consume Papaya for Diabetes

  • Eat ripe papaya as a fruit.
  • Make fruit juice with ripe papaya.
  • Toss up a tropical fruit salad with ripe papaya, mangoes, and pineapple.
  • You can also add frozen cubes of ripe papaya to smoothies.

When to Consume Papaya for Diabetes

As papaya has a medium GI, it is best to consume it at midday or mid-afternoon.

It would be advisable not to consume papaya at night even though papaya’s sugar level is moderate.

Risks of Over Consumption of Papaya

Tempting as it may be, avoid overindulging in consuming papayas. The ideal serving for diabetic patients is one cup per day.

Overconsumption of papaya can increase your sugar levels. As papaya has a laxative effect, overconsumption might lead to diarrhea as well.

Other Health Benefits of Papaya

The “fruit of angels,” papaya is beneficial in:

  • curing diabetes, heart problems, indigestion, dengue, cancer, arthritis, and a host of other health issues.
  • Papaya is rich in antioxidants like lycopene. The high level of antioxidants helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, thereby preventing heart blockages.


These are the two main reasons why doctors recommend ripe papaya for diabetes.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Papaya has a low glycemic index, therefore good for people with diabetes.
  • Flavonoids help reduce blood glucose levels.
  • Papaya should be eaten in moderation because overconsumption can cause rise in sugar levels and even stomach problems, in some cases. 
  • Papaya is good for both diabetics and heart patients and can be consumed regularly, especially if you are tracking your input, on Phable - the best app for chronic disease management. 

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