Bitter melon, balsam pear, or most commonly referred to as bitter gourd, is a unique fruit-vegetable combination that is consumed widely. It is an edible pod that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family that also includes cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelon, squash, and more. It is considered the most bitter tasting amongst all culinary vegetables and fruits.
While bitter gourd is condemned for its bitter taste, it truly can sweeten our well-being through virtue of its health promoting and disease preventing phytochemical compounds. Bitter gourd is highly beneficial for patients suffering from intestinal and stomach problems, diabetes, and more.
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