Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

Lauki, dudhi or bottle gourd holds pride of place in the Indian Ayurvedic medical system. Here is why our ancestors included it in their regular diet, and why it still makes sense to do so.

Lauki is 96.1% water, so is light on the stomach and aids digestion. A 100 gm serving of lauki contains just twelve calories and is ideal if you are watching your weight.

Health benefits of lauki

  • Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic. It makes you relax after eating. But don’t eat the vegetable raw as it can harm the stomach and intestines.
  • It plays a very important role in treating urinary disorders. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating lauki and then mixing it with limejuice. Drink it once a day to combat the burning sensation caused by the high acidity of urine. It can be had along with sulpha drugs to treat urinary infection as it acts as an alkaline diuretic.
  • Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for excessive thirst caused by diarrhea, over consumption of fatty or fried foods, and diabetes. Drink a glass of this juice with a little salt added to it to treat this condition.
  • A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer.

If you are on a low calorie diet, suffering from digestive problems, are diabetic or convalescing, then lauki is must for you as it is easily digestible and low in calories.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.

She is also a consultant for corporate’s like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic “Nutrihealth” in Mangalore.

Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

98 Replies to “Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases”

  1. I have read the above on ‘lauki’ juice. And I have a question.
    If the juice is taken from the ‘lauki’ and drunk first thing in the morning, is it harmful? Because, you say that ‘raw’ lauki should not be eaten, what about the juice? Secondly, can it taken on a daily basis? How much is safe?

  2. hi.. i have started drinking bottle gourd juice .. first thing in the morning.. i mix the bottle gourd with a little luke warm water and churn and then filter and have the juice… is this beneficial for weight loss or am i doing it the wrong way.. please let me know the right way if i am wrong..

    thanks

  3. Bottle gourd juice cannot burn fat but will help you to lose weight as it helps to put down calories. It is quite safe to include in your daily routine. Bottle gourd juice is low on calories and provides many vitamins and minerals which help in the better digestion of food. Do continue to drink it.

  4. Hi,

    I heard that bottle gourd juice helps in reducing weight . can we take it in early morning before walk , n also can u tel me the quantity of the juice to be taken and also how to prepare it , can we add little salt to the juice .can u also pls tel know me how much weight can be reduced in a month if we take the juice on daily basis.

  5. Bottle gourd does not burn off fat. You need to look into your total caloric intake to lose weight. It is the fiber present in bottle gourd or any other vegetable juice for that matter which helps. If you have a glass of 150-200ml is sufficient. Do not remove all the fiber and add just a pinch of salt. I cannot tell you how much of weight can be lost as I said before weight loss can be triggered only by a low calorie diet and adequate exercise. Bottle gourd juice is just a part of the diet that will help you to lose weight, but not the only source that can make you lose weight.

  6. Hi,

    I read all above FAQs its realy helpful, please make it clear when we have to take Lauki juice Early Morning (Empy Stomach) or any time in a day.

    Please tell me about more benifits.

  7. hi,
    i wanted to have this bottle gourd juice. bt, I’m new to it, i mean i don’t know how to prepare it & have it? so, would u please let me clear my doubts.

    thakning you…

    Prasad…..

  8. I am Obese, with chronic psoriasis and wish to have natural detoxification, can lauki juice and ash gourd juice help for that. Can curry leaves be added to it or do you have suggestion.

  9. You need to look into your diet. Detoxification is not the only cure. These juices can help as they provide a lot of nutrients. But you need to look into the triggers which can cause psoriasis. Junk food, soft drinks like coke, spices,oily food and few conditions worsen with intake of vitamin C, although not always true. Drink a lot of water and zinc supplements and multivitamins under a doctors supervision. Exercise regularly to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet.

  10. hi, i m research scholar and working on th effect of Bottle gourd (LS)juice on myocardial infarction.is there any report thet BG have antioxidant activity, if yes, please tell me the ref.
    thanking you

  11. Hi, I do not have any report pertaining to anti oxidant activity of bottle gourd. Bottle gourd does not contain the vitamins such as Vitamin A,C and E which are the main antioxidants. Hence it is not rich in antioxidants.

  12. I have just recovered from my third acute pancreatitis attack (in one year). my doctor says it is idioptathic and no specific cause for it. what kind of food i shoud ear or should avoid? i am a vegetarian. Thanks.

  13. hello….
    i am an using bottle gourd juice for the purpose of heart blockage for i was detected with the same couple of years ago…i have been doing with this juice since a month now and i am feeling that it takes huge time to adjust to it…whats the appropriate intake of the juice and the timings to be taken soo…i wanted to ask if the juice works for the purpose i am in…can u suggest me any other such diet for i want to avoid the operation as far as possible…i sometimes feel excessive problem with chest pain…but want to go with what nature has given us…i am taking all measures possible for this….

  14. Bottle guard juice really works in loss of weight considerably. I could loss weight by 7 KGs in two months.

  15. can i have the complete composition of the bottle gourd juice…i mean the carbohydrate content and the fibre…

  16. Plz can u tell me about neem juice.i have acne problem.so if i will take neem juice early morning with empty stmoach.it will be helpful or not.Plz tell me if it have any side effects

  17. It is said that fresh juice of Dudhi otherwise called as White Guard is as nourishing as Mother’s Milk.It is cooling,laxative, nutritive and delicious.Very refreshing it is and good for the heart.It gives strength and vigour, controls cough and the secretion of bile.All benefits one gets if the juice of white guard is mixed with a little honey and taken as medicine as I am doing at my young age of 84. From T.S.Sundaram. Bangalore.

  18. TO:- Sanjana,Dietician.

    What I write now is not about Dudhi, but something else. This may be transferred to the appropriate site as you desire.

    I am a regular consumer of Sprouts along with food and sometimes alone.Mainly Moong seeds and Kabuli Chana. First I wash them thoroughly in water to remove mud, soil, dirt etc., put them in water for soaking. After 8 to 10 hours I change the water,but I do not through that water.Instead,I drink it because it must contain some good nutrients.I have no dislike for drinking that water and it is going on for quite some time. Is there any harm in drinking that water please.? Awaiting your valued advice in the matter. From T.S.Sundaram. Bangalore.

  19. Hi,

    Please let me know if this process of making lauki juice is proper or not

    — Peel off the lauki
    — Cut the peeled off lauki into pieces
    — Grate them into small pieces
    — Microwave the grated portion for 2 mins
    — Put the heated grated lauki into a Blender and make juice
    — Take it first in the morning.

    Also
    — I have about 500 ml of lauki juice in the morning. Is it ok to have so much ?
    — I dont strain the lauki juice, so sometimes it contains the lauki seeds also in the juice. Is it safe to have the non-strained juice?

    Please let me know the details

    Thanks,
    Deepesh

  20. Hi, I know that bottle gourd has amazing nutritional value. But my husband hates the vegetable! So I make a vegetable stock by cutting lauki and boiling it on sim for 30 mins. I then use this water/stock for my dals. I don’t use the pulp.
    Is this ok? I hope I’m getting some nutrition from it otherwise the whole effort is a waste.

  21. But in your post I can see the below comment
    ========================================
    But don’t eat the vegetable raw as it can harm the stomach and intestines.
    ========================================

    This is why i thought we should boil it and use it. If I dont boil it will still be raw isnt it ?

    Thanks,
    Deepesh

  22. hi, i am in saudi arabia,, and my son has nose bleeding problem,(as doctor says its common here, we live in ac rooms), is this lauki juice is helpful remedy for this problem,

  23. Madam
    Since last 3 months I am having Lauki juice about 250ml (without fibre) mixed with AMLA juice about 50 ml in morning daily empty stomach & lunch subsequently.
    I have lost about 6-7 Kgs of wt but since last 15 -20 days I am having pain in knees & leg below during squating & then standing.
    Is it the effect of bones getting weak due to lauki juice & should I continue.
    Pl advice.

  24. Rajesh,

    Are you living only on juices? Are your drastically reducing your food intake? This weakness could be because you are overdoing your diet and omitting out the needed nutrients. You can send me a mail on your daily food intake. I can check and advise.

  25. Madam,

    I had written to you about Sprouts some days ago, but no reply so far. Kindly oblige me with your valuable advice. This old man of the age of 84 is waiting for your valuable reply.

  26. Sorry for the delay in reply. I was so held up at work that I had to take a break from my site work.

    I am personally do not advise you to drink the soaked water as it may contain contaminants such as eggs of worms, bacteria etc. Being in the geriatric ages, one has to be careful by not contracting any infections. So I suggest you avoid it.

    But you can get better nutrients, by cooking the sprouts with mild spices and extracting the soup out of it which is much more nutritious than soaked sprouts. Try this and let me know.

  27. I have put a stop to drinking the water in which Moong seeds etc,. are soaked for sprouting them as advised by Sanjana. In fact, I have also immediately stopped eating Raw groundnut seeds, I repeat, Raw ground nut seeds, my favourite, which are normally fumigated to ward off insects,pests etc.to preserve them for long. Thanks to Sanjana’s advice.

  28. Dear Sanjana,

    My height is 5.5 feet & weight is 80 kg.
    i have reduced my weight by 6 kgs & was 74 kgs between august 2008 to feb’2009 as i was doing jym since last 2008 year(1 year)
    but after there was a gap about 8 months & i ve started again the gym from this month(oct.) now my weight is 80 kg.
    my daily food as follows..
    1. every day – LAUKI jUICE 1 GLASS EMPTY STOMACH
    2. BREAKFAST AT 9.30 A.M.
    POHE/CHAPATI-BHAJI/SWEET
    CORN/MAGGIE/BOILED EGG/BROWN BREAD ETC.
    3. LUNCH AT 2.00 PM
    ONLY 2 CHAPATIS WITH VEGGIES
    4. DINNER AT 9.00 PM
    RICE/KHICHADI/KADHI/DAAL
    OR SOMETIMES 3 CHAPATIS WITH VEGGIES.

    CAN U PLEASE TELL ME HOW I SHOULD DO THE DIET & HOW I CAN REDUCE THE WEIGHT ??

    I WANT TO REDUCE THE WEIGHT BY 10-12 KGS.
    PLEASE GUIDE ME.

  29. As the white gourd has a very low carbohydrates content in it, it can be freely consumed by even diabetic patients. Boiled white gourd eliminates constipation and reduces blood-acidity.

  30. Water content in White Gourd is 96.3% and Carbohydrates 2.9%. Iron content is around 0.7mg/100gm.

  31. Hi,

    I’m overweight by 10kgs. I’ve started having veggie soup in the afternoons without any lunch. The soup has a lot of bottle gourd also. My dinner is normal 2 chapatties with vege.

    PLease suggest as to how I can lose my weight fast.

    Thanks

  32. Geetha,

    Immediately on reading your mail, what comes to my mind is that for reducing weight you should start doing some physical exercises or practicing Yoga from a good yoga teacher.Yoga is for both sexes. Yoga as you might know, is a part of Indian tradition. It is a very effective way of losing weight. Practicing the same is like getting the dual benefit from the same exercise the weight loss and secondly, a perfect toned up body. Practicing Surya mamaskar 10 times a day to be started in a gradual manner depending on the body pain you get,will also be effective. Surya namaslkar increases the perspiration rate of an individual leading to increased metabolic rate and thus adding to burning fat.

    There is no cut and dried method to reduce weight.One has to put some efforts. Skipping food during breakfast or lunch is not a solution. Keep always in mind the old Manthra “Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper and start with some yoga or surya namaskar or other exercises.

    Before starting anything,do consult your family physician for doing exercises.

    Wish you good luck.

  33. I reproduce below for the benefit of readers some of the properties of Ash Guard, popularly known in india as “Petha”, which I read recently in a paper.

    Ash guard being low in calories, is used to treat Obesity.
    It maintains PH ratio in our system for the ill effects of excessive acidity in our stomach because of intake of acidic things like softdrinks.
    It tones up digestive system and removes constipation.
    Cough, common cold, fever, influenza, bronchitis , sinusitis, get controlled to some extent depending on one’s constitution.
    It has an effective cure on pyorrhea and bleeding gums.
    More than anything else, this being grown on creepers, has the highest Prana or “Life force” which helps make meditation more effective.

  34. May I share with all of you my view on making juice from vegetables, whether it be, Bitter guard,or Ash guard,or Bottle guard or any other vegetable.

    The very purpose of one consuming the vegetable juice is for health purpose.The recovery from an ailment depends on the availability of all the nutrients contained in the fruits or vegetables used for extracting the juice.
    Juices must always be fresh.Only fresh,LIVE juices are effective for cure of diseases. For example, carotene(which is converted into Vitamin “A”)found in vegetables is very sensitive to oxygen in the air. For example if carrots are shredded and kept unused for for some time most of the Vitamin “A”is oxidised.Similarly, if lemon, orange, musumbi and other citrus fruits which contain Vitamin “C” are preserved for a long time, about 40% of their vitamin “C” is lost.Even a refrigerator cannot prevent this loss.
    These facts emphazise that fruits and vegetables should as far as possible be fresh,and the juice must be extracted as and when required fresh and live, so that all the elements are fairly intact and fresh for consumption.

    Anothermatterofimportanceishowtoextractthe juicefromthe fruits and vegetables.Theyshouldbe washedwell,shredded orcutbeforeextractingthe juice.Then immediately they shouldbeout intothejuicerforextractingthe juice. in shortthe extraction ofjuicemuxt be quick whichever methodone may chosose. The nutritionalelements containedinthe juicemustbe preserved without gettingoxidised.

    Rinda and fibres offruitsand vegetables arerichsourcesofvitamins.Sowhileextractingthe juicecthey shouldbegrushedproperly. Carehastobe takenthatthejuiceready fordrinkimgdoesnotcontain fibreorrind.
    preserved juices losetheirpreciousnutrients.itisalsonotasdvisabletoextractatatimethejuicerequiredforthewholeday. Maximumliveelementswiththeminimumlabourshould be the aim.

    A word aboutdrinkingthe juice.Juiceshouldnotjustbegulpedinonestroke.Itshouldbedrunkslowlywithaspoon orsipbysip.sothat it getsmixedeith saliva which helpsthesugarin the juiceget digested.Within 20to25minutesthejuicewhich goesintothe stomachwillgetdigested.

    Do notaddany sugar,orpepperorsalttothe juice and anyother spice andcondiments.Alsodonotmixthelive juice freshlypreparedwith cannedor bottledjuices

  35. hi sanjana. i’m 39yrs weight 67kgs ht 5’81/2″ .i try to lead a healthy lifestyle with minimum fried items and oil.we hardly have non veg food .i go for walks as often as i can .my dad ,uncles and aunt had heart attacks. my cholestrol is 235 triglyceride 87, hdl 44, ldl 170 total chol/hdl 5.3. do i need to take medicines or is it ok. i don’t have milk at all . i have egg once a week is it ok or can we have 2eggs in a week.we’ve started having lauki juice as well. can we make any other changes in our food habits.my husbands chol is 247 and ldl is 179.weight 69kgs and ht 5’11” thanks sneha

  36. Nowdays lauki juice is available in powder form which you have to mix in water and drink on empty stomach. Is that as effective as fresh juice for wt loss?

  37. LOUKI

    Yes, Louki’s time has come to be in powder form. Already it is available in juice form in various medical shops. This great guard of health, humble and neglected, joins other health giving herbs and vegetables such as garlic, neem, pepper, ginger, famous amla, cloves , turmeric, tulsi etc, in finding a place on the shelves of chemist shops. All the goodness of Louki will be very conveniently available now for the benefit of health in the hands of everybody in powder and juice form.

    Having said these , it is my personal view that the best way possible to maintain one’s health in a natural way which can nourish every organ of our body and make them active, is by taking juices freshly prepared from vegetables or fruits and consumed as immediately as one could.

    Today markets are flooded with many vegetables in powder form which require just water for mixing and drinking. Fresh juices extracted from raw vegetables have more nutrition and vitality. Minerals, enzymes etc can be consumed also in the natural form,only if juices are prepared fresh from vegetables. Certainly, there will be deterioration in the vitamins, minerals,and enzymes in the powder form of vegetables. Further, the dried powder is a sort of processed item.

    One should therefore as far as possible try to drink juice freshly prepared and not those available in powder form, but in case of those who are frequently on travelling jobs or move frequently from their permanent place of residence, can have the powder handy with them for use on such occasions so that there is no break in their daily habit.

    Today even Ayurvedic institutions are keeping up the time by manufacturing their classic medicines in tablet forms from their traditional packs which are in solid, semi-solid and liquid form, for which they obtain the requisite permission from the authorities concerned. It is therefore ineffectual and fruitless to discuss about the merits and de-merits of Louki in powder form for consumption and one has to accept the same.

  38. Dear Madam,

    I would like to know that shall we take every day bajri roti or jawari roti. It is good for health please let me know

  39. This is in response to Payal’s one line message of January 23, 2010.

    I myself tried a dish of onion and lauki and consumed it at dinner time. Though, to me , the combination of onion and lauki as a sabzi did not appeal much at the very first reading of payal’s message, I consumed the prepared dish. I had no stomach problem at night and slept well.The reason for payal’s bad stomach problem may be something else.

  40. Hay,

    I am taking daily 1/2 piece of biiter guard,1/4 piece of lauki (bottle guard), a full piece of carrot and one amla (if available)mixing in a mixture and making juice of these for continuesly past two months.

    Please advice is it good for health taking multiple vege mix juice or I am making some mistake.

  41. Mr. Vijesh Kumar’s query is pertinent one. My views are as follows:-

    A diet containing vegetables in juice form consumed is harmless, reliable and without any side effects. Such a diet has been proved as a successful experiment for preventing aging and rejuvenation of the body. Even if such a juice is taken in exceess once in a way, there will be no harm. It is logical to prefer juice therapy to any other risk involying procedure for maintaining one’s health. “Let everything be in Limit” is the Mantra one has to remember always..

  42. dear madam,
    I m preganant of 4months now doctors detect tht i hv some diabetic problem for which i m taking dieticians advice and under control can i hv lauki in this stage to hv low risk in blood sugar . pls advice me

  43. Mrs. Mranjanidash:-

    You say you are 4 months pregnant. Already you are looked after by a doctor. And a dietician also is helping you with advice and your blood sugar problem is under control.This being so,it is always better for you to take advices from your doctor and dietician who by now have known more about your state of health , particularly when you are pregnant. Please do not go by what we say . Each one of us will give a different advice and I am totally not for it, particularly when you have facilities on hand to give you advice.

    The above is my personel advice and I conclude this by wishing you all the best.

  44. Why does Lauki juice make you lose weight?
    I have read all the benefits and effects, but I would like to know how does it help in losing weight? What is there in the jucie that is different from other diet drinks?

  45. Let me know please as to how to register with you to enable to ask health & diet related questions.

    Thanks
    Prakash K.

  46. Dear madam,

    I am 45yrs old, weigh 90kgs, and am 176cms tall. My cholestrol level is 230 and triglycerides are 320.

    my questions are
    1. I used to have 250 ml of lauki juice (mixed with karela juice)earlier but have discontinued for last 3 month every alternate day. should i resume.

    2. Are there any adverse effects of mixing lauki juice wiuth karela juice

    3. I intend to have a 250 ml combo of Lauki Juice + karela juice + aloe vera(50ml) + flax seeds. is it okay to have this combo.

    4. How do i reduce tryglycerides without medication.

    Appreciate your advise and assistance in this matter.

    Regards

  47. Hi,
    I have a Cesarean baby 2 years back, wanted to check if bottle gourd juice & 1 tbsp of flax seed powder can really help me in tuck in my tummy. Will this juice work for Cesarean patient also to reduce weight. Ofcourse i’ll do the brisk walking alongwith.

    regards,
    Neetu Thakur

  48. Dear Sanjana,

    i just wanted to thank you for all the information you provided me with and for the wonderful website you run. what you do is amazing!
    alicja

  49. Hi everyone,

    Lauki is very good for health provided taken in limited quantity else it can be life threatening.

    I use to drink 1.5 glass of lauki juice for 2 weeks . I developed severe low blood pressure one day ( i dont have low BP problem Otherwise) just somehow saved my life.

    Please dont drink too much better less than 1 glass if u have low BP mix honey.Also very important never ever drink bitter Lauki els u r gone please be aware of bad effercts of good things..

  50. Your website is undoubtedly full of remarkable details and details as well as is basically very enjoyable to learn through.Properly performed:)

  51. I AM 28 YEARS UNMARRIED GRL WITH 58 KGS WEIGHT ,I WANTS TO REDUCE MY WEIGHT. IS THIS LOKI JUICE S HELPFUL FOR ME ? ACTUALLY ARROUND MY STOMACH I HAD TOO MUCH FATTY PORTION DUE TO THIS I AM UNABLE TO SIT PROPERLY AND NORMALLY ALSO,IS THIS LOKI JUICE HELP ME TO REDUCE FAT ARROUND MY STOMACH? DAILY ONE GLASS OF JUICE S HELPFUL OR TWICE ADAY. PLZ SUGGEST ME.

  52. SIR, I AM A DIABETICS FROM LAST 10 YEARS, HAVING URIC ACID POB 5.7, HAVING CHELOSTRAL AT BORDER LINES, KINDLY SUGGEST ME WAETHER THIS BOTTEL GAURD CAN HELP ME TO CONTROL MY BOTH PROBS.

  53. Hai Sanjana.

    I want To became Thin and Beautiful . In My Stomach Cloistral is there . its looking like pregnant lady . So please give the Healthy Tips . I want reduce cloistral from stomach . Please ……………..

  54. thanks for such a wonderful website helping the needy persons with useful informations ,free !

  55. Hi,
    You mentioned in your article not to eat the Gourd raw, but it is ok to grate it raw and drink the juice?

    Thank you

  56. Hi Sanjana,
    there is a lot of news now a days regarding deaths due to gourd juice+ kalera juice. My wife who has a marginal blood sugar problen is regularly taking methi seeds (powdered), amla juice and powder of jamun kernels in the morning on empty stomach.
    Kindly advise whether these are safe to take?

    Regards
    AK Mangal

  57. Hi Nutrihealth team thanks for a wonderful website. you guys are really doing great job here with such generosity in this era. Keep up the good work going.

  58. hello mam,
    i am 5’7″ but i am thin and my weight is around 53kg, ,i just want to know how can i increase my weight ,what are the food item i should add in my diet

  59. Ministry issues advisory based on experts’ report

    The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday (Otober 25 2011) asked people to avoid drinking bottle gourd juice if it is bitter. It is consumed in India for controlling diabetes.

    In an advisory to the public and physicians of all Indian systems of medicine, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, said a small piece of bottle gourd (lauki) should be tasted, before extracting its juice, to make sure that it is not bitter. Also, it should not be mixed with any other juice, and medical help should be sought immediately if one felt discomfort, nausea, vomiting or any feeling of uneasiness after consuming lauki juice.

    The advisory is based on the report of an expert committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research, chaired by S.K. Sharma, head of the Department of Medicine, AIIMS, which was set up to investigate the safety of consuming lauki juice.

    Last year, a senior scientist died and his wife was taken ill seriously after they drank the juice which was bitter. The matter was also raised in Parliament by Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi, MP from Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.

    The committee said any patient with symptoms of discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastrointestinal bleeding after consumption of lauki juice should be put on IV fluids before a detailed examination of the vital organs was carried out. Details of the quantity of the juice consumed and its taste should be recorded.

    As no specific antidote is available, physicians can manage the patients, putting them on IV fluids and blood transfusion including frozen plasma to maintain the haemodynamic and electrolyte balance, and containing gastrointestinal bleeding, according to the committee.

  60. I have got the news about drinking of bottle gourd that this juice is harmful to health as stated bY AIIMS recently..but u can have the curries or dishes prepared of it..

  61. Dear Sir
    I drink Lauki Juice many time in the month of July to September every year, but with the precaution that the Grower of Lauki is not using any chemical fertilizer and pesticide . The result was exlent. So please make sure use the Herbal products if it is chemical Free. The farmer is using only cow dung/ wormy compost, than you are safe.
    Lalit Sharma
    Totu Shimla
    9418079820

  62. I dint understand something here, “Cooked lauki is cooling” now what is cooling? I hear this “cooling” everyday, but I am not able to pull anything on this from the net. Can food actually “cool” you or “heat” you up?
    They say sesame oil bath is “cooling” but sesame seed is “hot”. Papaya is also “hot”
    Can any food actually increase of decrease our body temperature?

  63. Hi..i want to know if i can consume lauki in form of lauki ka raita.According to your article,lauki should not be consumed raw.I have been eating lauki ka raita as a method to loose weight.i mix lauki and curd with cumin tadka.Is it bad for my stomach?

  64. LAUKIi / DUDHI / BOTTLE GUARD.

    When you buy Louki from the vegetable market, it is better if you can taste a piece of the same. If it is bitter, never buy it. it is not good for health. I use louki at least two times a week, not only to prepare dishes out of it, but also sometimes to drink the juice, but care is taken to see that it is not bitter to taste.

    in the same way when you buy Ridge guard, please taste a piece of it If it is bitter, do not buy it. It is not good.

  65. Bottle gourd in Jharkhand is called Kaddu and Lauki where as Pumpkin is called Kohara or Kumbhra. They videly eaten in this State and it is aslo cultivated largely. It cooked Raita ( made from boiled gourd ,salt ,sugar and dahi, mustured and zeera seeds paste. It is a fine dish.It is also prepared as vegitable with littel oil and panch foran

  66. hey!
    i heard lauki juice makes you taller,is it true?
    because i am 5’6 and a 16 year old girl,and i wanna become 5’7 or 5’8!
    please do let me know,ASAP!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fast!
    waiting!

  67. HI Abhishree,

    There is no such evidence of Lauki juice making someone tall. It is a detox and should be treated as detox. As Lauki cleanse the digestive system and Arteries it is meant to make you active and help loose extra flab it would be a good idea to start swimming or doing streching exersice to keep one’s Back and Spinal cord in proper shape which will make you feel tall 😉 .

    Good luck with your search.

    Nikhil

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