Bitter melon is a vegetable often not know of in the west. In India you would see it at practically every grocery store or market. It was first imported into the United States in the 1970′s and the first seeds were sowed for import in the island of Jamaica. Now it is grown in various areas, especially south florida including areas such as homestead and agricultural areas of south florida.
Bitter melon may not be the easiest to taste, hence the name bitter. But it is excellent in health benefits. Most notably diabetes. It is well know many juice bitter melon to avoid diabetes and aid with weight loss. The fruits and seeds of the plant are used to make it medicinal in the ayurvedic community. In addition to diabetes and weight loss bitter melon has medicinal use for cancer as well. But most famously it is know for diabetes and weight loss. It has a chemical similar to insulin that can aid with weight loss. We recommend many of our gastric sleeve surgery patients use bitter melon or try it in some foods to eat. Below is a brief recipe gastric sleeve surgery patients can use to eat bitter melon. Although it is fried gastric sleeve patients may enjoy a taste or a treat periodically. Gastric sleeve patients may use an oil light in saturated fats ideally. Once you get used to the taste many of our gastric sleeve surgery patients can then start juicing this gem of a vegetable to aid with diabetes, weight loss and overall family health. Other areas of family health to explore in south florida for gastric sleeve surgery patients are water sports, yoga, surfing and biking. Grocery stores that carry bitter melon include patel brothers in miami and fort lauderdale as well as tampa and orlando.
Bitter Melon Chips
If you find the flavor of bitter melon is overwhelming even in stir fries, this Indian approach might be more your style. Thin slices of the bitter melon are coated in masala spices and gram flour before being deep-fried. Yes, deep-frying might not make for the healthiest of bitter melon recipes, but it’s definitely a good way to get your palate used to this fruit. Enjoy and good luck to all our gastric sleeve surgery patients!