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Green Papaya? Good or Bad?

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Created June 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

So I just got back from a trip to visit my parents where I met up with a friend who was lucky enough to visit thailand for a while. She taught me how to make the green papaya salad and I have a feeling that its very healthy (similar to kimchee I think just not fermented?) as the only ingredients are the green papaya, tomato, carrot, and some anchovy sauce, along with hot peppers. Traditionally, it also contains sugar, but I can see easily replacing that with artificial sweetner. I could seriously eat this stuff every meal and not get sick of it.

Any ideas if this is a good thing to be eating or not?

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:31 PM

re: erthyritol http://paleohacks.com/questions/47218/are-sugar-alcohols-paleo/47233#47233

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on June 23, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Seems like ethyritol doesn't effect insulin levels either - should I be worried?

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on June 23, 2011
at 10:44 PM

The girl who taught me to make it added brown sugar and lemon juice. Lemon juice is just fine by me.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on June 23, 2011
at 10:44 PM

It's hard to find the green ones outside of Oriental markets, but if you go to any thai restaurant they'll probably have it on the menu. It's really REALLY delicious :D

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on June 23, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Skip the artificial sweetener and use a squeeze of orange juice instead. Green papaya salad is not traditionally very sweet. It should be balanced with salty and sour, like a good nước chấm.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 23, 2011
at 05:55 PM

fyi, Truvia is stevia + erthyritol.

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on June 23, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Actually Stevia is the best option (if you're adding a sweetener). Artificial sweeteners, Stevia being the exception, react with your body similarly to sugar.

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at 02:06 PM

Would sugar be better? I usually use truvia. (stevia)

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 23, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Plain stevia is not artificial, it's an herb. I wish I could get green papayas here...my mouth is watering!

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on June 23, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Yum...Thai papaya salad is the best, and so great for summer. Yeah, as for sweetener, I'd go natural as often as possible. I use mostly honey, with the occasional maple syrup. Mark's Daily Apple has a great run-down on all these sweeteners and whether or not they raise insulin levels.

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on June 23, 2011
at 04:07 PM

I have never heard of eating the green papaya,(in s. america they eat tons of ripe ones) so I googled it, interesting note about eating too much of it and it becomes 'a contraception'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carica_papaya

I know that here we pierce the skin from top to bottom about four times for the 'milk' to drain out, supposidly releases toxins from the ripe fruit.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on June 23, 2011
at 10:44 PM

It's hard to find the green ones outside of Oriental markets, but if you go to any thai restaurant they'll probably have it on the menu. It's really REALLY delicious :D

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 23, 2011
at 01:54 PM

It sounds good to me, except the artificial sweetener. What are you planning to use?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 23, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Actually Stevia is the best option (if you're adding a sweetener). Artificial sweeteners, Stevia being the exception, react with your body similarly to sugar.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 23, 2011
at 05:55 PM

fyi, Truvia is stevia + erthyritol.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on June 23, 2011
at 10:46 PM

Seems like ethyritol doesn't effect insulin levels either - should I be worried?

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on June 23, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Would sugar be better? I usually use truvia. (stevia)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 25, 2011
at 06:31 PM

re: erthyritol http://paleohacks.com/questions/47218/are-sugar-alcohols-paleo/47233#47233

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