oriental eatery habits have always been appreciated all over the world for
their all round benefits. Fruits, vegetables and even spices are being highly
preferred for their taste, health and easy availability criterion. One such
vegetable is bottle gourd. Known more in
the Chinese regions and Indian subcontinents, bottle gourd has many names in
local dialects such as hulu, calabash, lauki, dhudhi, hyotan, hisago etc.
Gourd or Lauki
Gourd or Lauki (Image credit: meegoring / 123RF Stock Photo)
medicinal systems such Ayurveda, have praised gourd for nutrient rich contents
and their magical effects in many health ailments including high blood
cholesterol, diabetes, overweight, digestive problems. However, recent
researches have shown a significant need to check the quality of the vegetable
as some of these might be toxic and can have a fatal impact on our health. Lets
find out more health related facts about bottle gourd and reap maximum benefits
out of it.
96% of water content in bottle gourd makes it ideal for extracting juice. It is
enriched with dietary fiber, vitamins such as vitamin B and vitamin C, minerals
like sodium, potassium, Iron, etc. Low in fat and cholesterol, and full of many
healthy contents, makes a strong reason to include bottle gourd juice in our
regular diet. Let’s take a look over the nutrition facts of bottle gourd juice.
As per the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database, Nutritional facts for 100gm
raw bottle gourd are listed in the below table.
Water 96 g
Energy 14 Kcal
Protein 0.62 g
(fat) 0.02 g
Carbohydrate 3.39 g
Calcium 26 mg
Iron 0.20 mg
Magnesium 11 mg
Phosphorus 13 mg
Potassium 150 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Zinc 0.70 mg
Vitamin C 10.1 mg
Thiamine 0.029 mg
Riboflavin 0.022 mg
Niacin 0.320 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.040 mg
Folate, DFE 6 mcg
Vitamin A 16 IU
A case of
“Bottle gourd poisoning” has came in the notice when 59-year-old Sushil Kumar
Saxena, Deputy Secretary in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,
died in a hospital after consuming a glass of bottle gourd and bitter gourd
juice in June 2010. An expert committee was constituted by the Health Ministry
to study the possible side effects of bottle gourd, confirmed the death by
bottle gourd poisoning.
a public advisory has been issued which says: “A slice of bottle gourd should
be tasted before extracting the juice to ensure that it is not bitter. If
bitter, it should be discarded and not be consumed.” Bitter bottle gourd
carries a highly toxic compound named “Tetracyclic Triterpenoid Cucurbitacins”
that can cause serious side-effects. If one faces any symptoms of nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding after consumption of bottle gourd
juice, he should be rushed to the nearest hospital immediately.
Do not mix
bottle gourd juice with other vegetable juices – The advisory also suggests not
mixing bottle gourd juice with any other vegetable juice.
How To Make
Bottle Gourd Juice
a healthy bottle gourd juice, take a fresh bottle gourd, and taste a slice to
ensure it is not bitter. Then peel it and chop into small pieces and put them
into the juicer. Now drink the fresh juice to enjoy its wonderful health
benefits. Optionally you can also strain the juice and can also add a pinch of
salt or pepper to enhance the taste.
Bottle Gourd or Lauki Juice
cooked bottle gourd or bottle gourd juice shows its effects in cooling, calming
and easy digestion. Low in calorie and fat it is also great for weight loss and
high cholesterol levels. Let’s check some of the benefits of bottle gourd
Gourd Juice for Weight Loss
bottle gourd has gained the importance for its weight losing properties. Since
bottle gourd is high in water and dietary fiber, drinking a cup of bottle gourd
juice in morning empty stomach gives a good fiber rich start to the day. While juice
of a 100 gm bottle gourd only provides you as low as 14 calorie, it helps to
curb the hunger pangs in morning and restrict you from over eating in the
If you are
drinking bottle gourd juice for weight loss, then you should not strain the
juice as the weight loss properties are mainly because of its fiber content
which gets filtered in the straining process. Also bottle gourd juice with a
fruit bowl is a healthy replacement of unhealthy high calorie snacks in
Pressure and Heart Problems
experts and naturopaths suggest that drinking bottle gourd juice benefits to
high blood pressure and heart patients. Regular consumption of a cup of bottle
gourd juice with a glass of water in empty stomach in early morning helps to
reduce the high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and makes the heart
content in bottle gourd is helpful for digestive system, though it should never
be consumed in raw form as it can harm
the stomach and intestine. Fiber supports the digestive system and
prevents constipation and its related
disorders like flatulence and piles. This vegetable is also recommended by
ayurvedic practitioners for liver inflammation and to support the liver to
efficiently process food for maximum absorption of nutrition.
gourd is full of water content and cooling properties, and so useful in
treating urinary disorders. A glass of bottle gourd juice helps to reduce the
burning sensation in urinary passage caused by high acidity of urine.
Gourd Juice for Diabetics
gourd or Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for the excessive thirst caused by
diabetes, diarrhea, and over consumption of fatty foods. A glass of bottle
gourd juice with a pinch of salt quenches the thirst, prevents fatigue due to
loss of sodium and keeps you refreshed in summers.
Graying of Hair
Ayurveda, consuming a glass of bottle gourd juice in early morning prevents and
treats premature graying of hairs.
gourd has been archaeologically known to be used since 11,000 to 13,000 years
and has served as a popular vegetable in the Asian regions for a long time. The
recent researches that have revealed its medicinal properties such as digestion
improvement and weight loss are resulting into worldwide popularity of it.
Keeping a couple of strict precautions before using this white flowered gourd
is recommended so that its maximum benefits can be reaped.