Topics: Momordica, Bitter melon, Cucurbitaceae Pages: 2 (594 words) Published: December 18, 2014
AMPALAYA (Momordica charantia) AND WATER SPINACH (Ipomoea aquatic)


(NOVEMBER 28, 2014)


Instant noodles are a popular go-to lunch or dinner in Southeast Asia. Often times, noodles were not as a healthy food, and compared as eating a burger and fries or a fast-food burrito. Despite these, there are lot of people eat this food because it is cheap and easily available in the market. Instant noodles could be healthy by using vegetables as ingredients, ampalaya and water spinach.

Ampalaya (Momordica charantia), also known as “Bitter Melon” or “Bitter Gourd” is a tropical and subtropical vine widely grown in the Amazon, Carribean, Southeast Asia such as Philippines and it belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. .In the Philippines, Department of Health endorsed ampalaya as an alternative herbal medicine for liver problems. Researches about ampalaya have proven that it increases the production of beta cells by the pancreas, thus improving the body’s ability to produce insulin to control the blood sugar for diabetes. Likewise, its fruits and leaves are superior sources of Vitamin B, iron, calcium, phosphorus and rich in beta carotene. On the other hand, Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatic) is an aquatic plant that grows wild beside waterways and fresh water swamps in many of the world’s tropical and subtropical regions. It is from Convolvulaceae botanical family. This plant is also rich in iron, calcium, riboflavin and source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A. It has long been used in Southeast Asia as a traditional herbal medicine for treatment and prevention for ailments. With this, study aims to produce and compare a healthy noodles made out of Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) and Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatic) to commercial one. The vegetables that are selected could help each other’s needs because of its nutritional facts. Producing noodles...
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