Organic Bitter Gourd 250g Thailand/Malaysia
Highlights: A member of the melon family Cucurbitaceae, organic bitter gourds (Momordica charantia) 苦瓜Kǔ Guā are a rich source of soluble fibre and have a low glycemic index (GI) making them a useful component in a healthy diet. Several scientific reviews suggest that raw or in juice form the fruit helps to lower blood glucose levels.
Three active substances have been identified, charanti which lowers blood glucose, vicine which is insulin like in its action and polypeptide-p. Bitter gourd also contains a lectin which acts on peripheral tissues and suppresses appetite and may be the major factor behind its hypoglycemic effect. Interesting to note that this is one of the foods commonly found in the Okinawan diet, known for its support of longevity.
An excellent source of beneficial phytochemicals, Organic Bitter gourd helps with weight loss, detoxification, skin health and to boost the immune system in addition to its anti-ageing properties.
Used as a side in Indian cuisine or thinly sliced and deep fried in mustard oil, in Japanese and Chinese cuisine it is often stir-fried with pork or eggs and fermented black beans.