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Monday, August 6, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Snake Gourd Nutritional Benefits

 

Snake Gourd Nutritional Benefits;

The snake gourd is very popular vegetable especially in India and also
occupies significant place among vegetable food sources throughout the
world. The snake gourd belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae and
botanically known as trichosanthes anguina and popularly known as
Chinese cucumber. Tender fruits of snake gourd plant are used as
vegetables, and grown snake gourd are nearly 150 cm in length and 8 cm
in thickness and pale or thick green in color.

Snake gourd recipes or juice and its leaves are used to treat various
health disorders in traditional and Ayurvedic Medicine by Natural and
Alternative Medicine professionals since long back ago. Snake gourd
consists of fewer amounts of fats, dietary fiber, proteins and
carbohydrates
and high in water content. It also contains riboflavin,
thiamine, niacin, iron, phosphorous, calcium, which provide health and
nutritional benefits.

Snake gourd nutritional benefits include; due to the presence of high
water content, snake gourd produces cooling effect to the body, hence
snake gourd juice is advised to beat the summer heat during summer. As
it low in calories and fats, it aids for weight loss. Due to the rich
content of fiber, it improves the function of digestive system
and considered as preferred vegetable for diabetics, as dietary
fiber regulates glucose levels. The presence of essential minerals
prevents the dryness of skin and help to increase the production of
body fluids.

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