87. Reading Skills Comprehension: Papaya Healthiest Fruit

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Papaya Healthiest Fruit

Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow them:

  1. Papaya is the healthiest fruit with a list of properties that are long and exhaustive. Belonging to the family of Caricaceae fruit, it is commonly known as Papaya in Australia and Mamao in Brazil. It first originated in southern Mexico and neighbouring Central America but is now available in every tropical and subtropical country. Papaya aids digestion as well as cures skin irritation and sunburns. You can eat it as a salad, have it cooked or boiled, or just drink it up as a milkshake or juice. Modern science confirms the age-old beliefs that papaya has much to contribute to the cause of health. The most important of these virtues is the protein-digesting enzyme in the milky juice or latex. The enzyme is similar to pepsin in its digestive action and is said to be so powerful that it can digest 200 times its own weight in protein. It assists the body in assimilating the maximum nutritional value from food to provide energy and bodybuilding materials.
  2. Papain in raw papaya makes up for the deficiency of gastric juice and fights excess unhealthy mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia, and intestinal irritation. The ripe fruit, if eaten regularly, corrects habitual constipation, bleeding piles, and chronic diarrhea. The juice of papaya seeds also assists in the above-mentioned ailments.

On the basis of your reading of the above passage, answer any eight of the following questions:

1. What kind of fruit is papaya?

2. Which family does it belong to?

3. What is it called in Australia and Brazil?

4. Where did it first originate in?

5. How is papaya helpful to us?

6. Which ailments can be cured by the ripe papaya?

7.What is the property of an enzyme present in papaya?

8. Write the function of Papin in raw papaya.

9. What is the word used in paragraph 2 which means the same as ‘habitual indigestion’?

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