The purpose of the paper was to assess the functional properties vegetable gourds & the validated health claims so as to help the future researchers to locate the gaps. However, emphasizing on the scientifically available reports was required to make information available in a nutshell to the health-conscious consumers, as well as the researcher from the area of functional foods and nutrition.
The paper is a mini-review of scientific findings in different studies on gourd vegetables. The approach to information collection was finding the research gaps and potential areas for future work with a nutritional perspective.
Ash gourd, bitter gourd and bottle gourd have been extensively studied, and several health benefits and functional components have been reported, while ridge gourd, snake gourd and pointed gourd have been sparsely studied for their therapeutic benefits and the validation thereof; hence, there lies a scope for researchers.
The scarcity of scientific reports compared to the traditional usage and folkloric beliefs was a limitation.
Understanding the nutritional potential of gourd vegetables from scientific reports may influence both the work areas and consumers in the appropriate direction.
The authors acknowledge The Director, DFRL, Mysore, for his encouragement and guidance.
Devaki, C.S., Wadikar, D.D. and Patki, P.E. (2015), "Vegetable gourds – guards of human health: a critical appraisal", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 45 No. 1, pp. 125-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-12-2013-0146
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