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Consuming Bottle Gourd, Cucumber, Melon Juice can cause Death

Doctors has warned people not to drink Lauki juice or bottle gourd juice. The warning follows after the death of Sushil Kumar Saxena, 59, a senior deputy secretary at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The CSIR scientist died last week after consuming bottle gourd and bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach in New Delhi. According to media reports the scientist and his wife had been consuming the bottle gourd juice for more than four years to keep their diabetes in control.

Dr M P Sharma, Head of the Department, Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine at Rockland Hospital has said the vegetables and fruits from the cucumber family have harmful toxins called tetracyclic triterpenoid cucurbitacins compound, which is responsible for the bitter taste and may be deadly to humans.

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