Can You Eat Papaya Seeds?


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Yes, papaya seeds have healthy benefits and are edible. However, they have a slightly peppery and bitter flavor that not everyone enjoys.

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Papaya seeds are easily gathered from the fruit and can be kept in a separate container in the refrigerator or freezer. Papaya seeds are high in natural enzymes that aid in digestion. They can be ground up and mixed in with yogurt or a smoothie, or they can be eaten straight from the fruit.

Papaya seeds can drastically reduce a man's fertility and sometimes acts as a blood thinner. Therefore, pregnant women, men wanting to start a family, anyone with a stomach ulcer or taking blood thinners should check with their doctor before consuming papaya seeds.

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