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Tahira Kashyap Khurrana opens up about bottle gourd toxicity that landed her in the ICU

Published on:13 October 2021, 15:16pm IST
Bottle gourd toxicity is real and can cause serious health issues. Here’s everything you need to know about.
Geetika Sachdev
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Ditch bottle gourd if it is bitter. Image courtesy: Tahira Kashyap Khurrana | Facebook
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We all love the humble lauki for its health benefits, but did you know it can also be the cause of toxicity? Rubbing your eyes in disbelief? So, are we! But a recent post by author and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap Khurrana shook us all. She revealed how consuming bottle gourd juice landed her in an ICU for two days. 

Here’s what her Instagram post says, “Bottle gourd toxicity has dire consequences, and dire is an understatement. Please read in between the lines. It’s lethal. In the name of health just don’t keep popping juices! There was a reason why I was in the ICU for the same, don’t want to divulge more gory details, but please spread the word around.”

What is bottle gourd toxicity?

Also known as ghia or dudhi, this vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrients, and is said to benefit those who are suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and liver disease. At the same time, it is low on cholesterol and helps with weight loss. 

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No doudt bottle gourd is great for weight loss but it can be toxic too. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

But there have been certain reports that have suggested suspected toxicity due to bottle gourd. That’s because the juices available in the market could have chemicals. Having it raw is also a bad idea, that’s why it is essential to have it in cooked form. It’s important to have it in the boiled, blanched, or pureed form. 

Also, read: This lauki ki barfi recipe is the perfect mithai for diabetics this Diwali

The reason it can be toxic is because of the presence of certain compounds like tetracyclic triterpenoid, or cucurbitacins, which can induce toxicity if consumed raw or sometimes, even in the juice form. 

“It is mostly in case of the juice and not when eaten in the vegetable form. Some people complain of vomiting and gastrointestinal bleeding. If you find the juice even a little bitter, and experience discomfort after having it, make sure you see a doctor immediately. If it’s not bitter, there will be no issue,” shared Dr Rashmi Tarachandani with HealthShots.

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If your gut gets upset after gulping ghiya juice then seek help immediately. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
The last word

The next time you feel there’s anything odd with your bottle gourd, do not wait at all. Some of the common symptoms of bottle gourd toxicity include breathlessness, severe abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and puking. Do not ignore these signs and symptoms at all! 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.