Introducing Karawila (Bitter Gourd) to Baby

As her 46th ingredient, my daughter tried Bitter Gourd for the first time with her lunch. I found the paler, lighter-green variety at the pola and added very little to her food (because it lowers blood sugar levels and can taste, as the name suggests, quite bitter). Also known as Bitter Melon and Karawila (in Sri Lanka), Bitter Gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and has high dietary fiber. It is also rich in iron and contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach and twice the potassium of a banana.
In addition, this bitter vegetable treats blood disorders and cholera, boosts your energy levels and immunity, remedied eye problems and improves eye health, and can alleviate respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis. It is also known to prevent gout and has the potential to kill cancer cells.

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