Did you know that bottle gourd, popularly known as lauki across most Indian households, is believed to be one of the first plants to be cultivated in the world? Interestingly, one of the primary uses of the vegetable was to make containers to store water. It is cultivated in most tropical and subtropical regions such as countries in Asia, Europe, Africa as well as America.
Lauki bears a neutral flavour on the palate and is easy to cook with. With an exciting play of desi masalas and other condiments, it can be transformed into many spectacular dishes. People in southern China use varieties of bottle gourd in preparing soups and stir fries. In Central America, the seeds are dried, roasted and eaten. The seeds are also ground and used in preparing many traditional delicacies.
If you can't think of a good reason to include bottle gourd in your daily diet, its numerous health benefits will make you embrace it whole-heartedly. Lauki juice has long been hailed by health experts for it medicinal properties. Experts suggest consuming bottle gourd juice as it acts as a hydrating agent reducing excessive body heat - it has close to 90% water content. Lauki is also great for the stomach and light on digestion. It aids in treating conditions like diarrhea, constipation and insomnia. Apart from this, lauki juice also helps in taming high blood pressure, maintaining healthy heart, facilitating weight loss and managing diabetes better. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in curing liver and kidney inflammation.
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