What is the difference between bitter melon and bitter gourd?
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Considering this, how does bitter gourd look like?
Instead of being round and sweet-fleshed, bitter melon — also known as bitter squash, balsam-pear, karela and goya in various parts of the world — resembles a cucumber (though flavor-wise you would never compare them). For starters, bitter melon proves as sharply flavored as you might think, and with rough, bumpy skin.
Also Know, what does bitter melon do? Bitter melon is a vegetable used in India and other Asian countries. The fruit and seeds are used to make medicine. People use bitter melon for diabetes, stomach and intestinal problems, to promote menstruation, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Hereof, what are the side effects of bitter gourd?
Side effects of bitter melon include:
- Abdominal pain and diarrhea (with bitter melon juice, several times more than the recommended amounts)
- Headache, fever, and coma (with excessive ingestion of the seeds)
- Worsening low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
What are the health benefits of bitter gourd?
Bitter gourd juice contains a train of important nutrients ranging from iron, magnesium and vitamin to potassium and vitamin C. An excellent source of dietary fiber, it also contains twice the calcium of spinach, beta-carotene of broccoli, and the potassium of a banana.