Bitter gourd is an edible pod vegetable low in calories but densely packed with precious nutrients. It contains properties that have a hypoglycemic effect to help improve glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels, says Pranita Anand Gavankar, clinical dietician, Saudi German Hospital — Dubai.

‘Its high beta carotene levels help to alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight,’ she says, adding that it is also a good liver cleanser, improves blood circulation and relieves gout pain. ‘Its anti-inflammatory properties help in lowering bad cholesterol preventing heart attacks and strokes.’