1. Bottle gourd belongs to the cucumber or cucurbitaceae family. Lauki or bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) fruit juice is advocated as a part of complementary and alternative medicine. If the bottle gourd juice becomes bitter it is considered toxic. The Indian Journal of Gastroenterology has reported 15 patients, who developed toxicity due to drinking bitter bottle gourd juice. Patients presented with abdominal pain, vomiting, blood in vomit, diarrhea and hypotension within 15 min to 6 hours after ingestion of the bottle gourd juice. (Indian J Gastroenterol 2011 Oct 11. Epub ahead of print)
  2. First, slice a piece from bottle gourd, taste if it’s bitter. If it’s bitter, discard it immediately, as per ICMR.
  3. Dr S K Sharma, Head, Dept. of Medicine at AIIMS: Lauki juice should not be mixed with any other juice.
  4. Like other members of the gourd family, the bottle gourd contains the tetracyclic triterpenoid cucurbitacins compound, which is responsible for the bitter taste that can cause serious side-effects and even death.
  5. Boiled and cooked bottle gourd has no risk.