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Post by Cheriblossom on Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:03 pm

2 cans chicken soup
5 cups H2O
1 whole onion
4 bitter melons
1 lb ground pork
Green onion
1 white onion
Black fungus
Chinese vermicelli
Fish sauce
chicken powder
Salt
Black pepper
Sugar

Cut the bitter melon in half, slice the middle then remove seeds. Wash and put aside

******Notice: if u want the bitter melons to be less bitter, boil them in hot water a few times before stuffing them with meat ********

Marinate:

Step 1:

1. Soak 1/2 bowl of Chinese vermicelli and 1/2 bowl of black fungus for 15 minutes
2. Cut into fine pieces

Step 2:

1. 1/2 tsp chicken powder
2. 1/2 tsp salt
3. 1 tsp sugar
4. 1/2 tsp black pepper
5. 1 tsp full fish sauce
6. 1 soupspoon chopped onion
Mix well and let sit for 15 minutes

Step 3:

1. When the 2  cans of chicken broth and 5 cups of water in the pot with 1 whole white onion  started to boil, add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp fish sauce

Step 4:

1. Remove the seeds in the bitter gourd and stuff the meat into the empty hollow pit of the bitter melon and cook for 40 minutes on medium heat
2. When the bitter melon softens, add 1 tsp fish sauce, 1 tsp chicken powder, 1/2 tsp sugar, pinch of salt and  black pepper
3. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and it’s ready to serve.

Bitter melon has some good health benefits especially very good for those who are diabetic. I just did some good research and found that this bitter gourd juice  contains a train of important nutrients ranging from iron, magnesium, K+,  Vit C. and Ca+ so please don’t throw out the  first boiled gourd water.
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Post by Cheriblossom on Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:14 pm

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bitter-melon#section8

[size=50]6 Benefits of Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd) and Its Extract[/size]



Bitter melon — also known as bitter gourd or Momordica charantia — is a tropical vine that belongs to the gourd family and is closely related to zucchini, squash, pumpkin, and cucumber.
It’s cultivated around the world for its edible fruit, which is considered a staple in many types of Asian cuisine.
The Chinese variety is typically long, pale green, and covered with wart-like bumps.
On the other hand, the Indian variety is more narrow and has pointed ends with rough, jagged spikes on the rind.
In addition to its sharp flavor and distinct appearance, bitter melon has been associated with several impressive health benefits.
Here are 6 benefits of bitter melon and its extract.
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[size=38]1. Packs Several Important Nutrients[/size]

Bitter melon is a great source of several key nutrients.
One cup (94 grams) of raw bitter melon provides (1Trusted Source):

  • Calories: 20
  • Carbs: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 93% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
  • Vitamin A: 44% of the RDI
  • Folate: 17% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 8% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 5% of the RDI
  • Iron: 4% of the RDI

Bitter melon is especially rich in vitamin C, an important micronutrient involved in disease prevention, bone formation, and wound healing (2Trusted Source).
It’s also high in vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes skin health and proper vision (3Trusted Source).
It provides folate, which is essential for growth and development, as well as smaller amounts of potassium, zinc, and iron (4Trusted Source).
Bitter melon is a good source of catechin, gallic acid, epicatechin, and chlorogenic acid, too — powerful antioxidant compounds that can help protect your cells against damage (5Trusted Source).
Plus, it’s low in calories yet high in fiber — fulfilling approximately 8% of your daily fiber needs in a single one-cup (94-gram) serving.
SUMMARYBitter melon is a good source of nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, folate and vitamin A.



[size=38]2. Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar[/size]

Thanks to its potent medicinal properties, bitter melon has long been used by indigenous populations around the world to help treat diabetes-related conditions (6Trusted Source).
In recent years, several studies confirmed the fruit’s role in blood sugar control.
A 3-month study in 24 adults with diabetes showed that taking 2,000 mg of bitter melon daily decreased blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c, a test used to measure blood sugar control over three months (7).
Another study in 40 people with diabetes found that taking 2,000 mg per day of bitter melon for 4 weeks led to a modest reduction in blood sugar levels.
What’s more, the supplement significantly decreased levels of fructosamine, another marker of long-term blood sugar control (8).
Bitter melon is thought to improve the way that sugar is used in your tissues and promote the secretion of insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels (9).
However, research in humans is limited, and larger, more high-quality studies are needed to understand how bitter melon may impact blood sugar levels in the general population.
SUMMARYBitter melon has been shown to improve several markers of long-term blood sugar control, including levels of fructosamine and hemoglobin A1c. Still, more high-quality research is needed.

[size=38]3. May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties[/size]

Research suggests that bitter melon contains certain compounds with cancer-fighting properties.
For example, one test-tube study showed that bitter melon extract was effective at killing cancer cells of the stomach, colon, lung, and nasopharynx — the area located behind the nose at the back of your throat (10Trusted Source).
Another test-tube study had similar findings, reporting that bitter melon extract was able to block the growth and spread of breast cancer cells while also promoting cancer cell death (11).
Keep in mind that these studies were performed using concentrated amounts of bitter melon extract on individual cells in a laboratory.
Further research is needed to determine how bitter melon may affect cancer growth and development in humans when consumed in the normal amounts found in food.
SUMMARYTest-tube studies show that bitter melon may have cancer-fighting properties and could be effective against stomach, colon, lung, nasopharynx, and breast cancer cells.



[size=38]4. Could Decrease Cholesterol Levels[/size]

High levels of cholesterol can cause fatty plaque to build up in your arteries, forcing your heart to work harder to pump blood and increasing your risk of heart disease (12Trusted Source).
Several animal studies found that bitter melon may decrease cholesterollevels to support overall heart health.
One study in rats on a high-cholesterol diet observed that administering bitter melon extract led to significant decreases in levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides (13).
Another study noted that giving rats a bitter melon extract significantly reduced cholesterol levels compared to a placebo. Higher doses of bitter melon showed the greatest decrease (14).
Still, current research on the potential cholesterol-lowering properties of bitter melon is mostly limited to animal studies using large doses of bitter melon extract.
Additional studies are needed to determine whether these same effects apply to humans eating the gourd as part of a balanced diet.
SUMMARYAnimal studies show that bitter melon extract may decrease cholesterol levels, which could help support heart health. Nonetheless, human research to confirm these effects is lacking.



[size=38]5. May Aid Weight Loss[/size]

Bitter melon makes an excellent addition to a weight loss diet, as it’s low in calories yet high in fiber. It contains approximately 2 grams of fiber in each one-cup (94-gram) serving (1Trusted Source).
Fiber passes through your digestive tract very slowly, helping keep you fuller for longer and reducing hunger and appetite (15Trusted Source16).
Therefore, swapping higher-calorie ingredients with bitter melon could help increase your fiber intake and cut calories to promote weight loss.
Some research also shows that bitter melon can have beneficial effects on fat burning and weight loss.
One study found that consuming a capsule containing 4.8 grams of bitter melon extract each day led to significant decreases in belly fat.
Participants lost an average of 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) from their waist circumference after seven weeks (17Trusted Source).
Similarly, a study in rats on a high-fat diet observed that bitter melon extract helped decrease body weight compared to a placebo (18Trusted Source).

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