Amazing Benefits of Okra
I’m an East Coast girl so Okra wasn’t as available all year long as it is in the South 😉
Summer is a great time to enjoy the taste and benefits…..
Okra looks like a pepper with ridges….it is a completely edible type of pea pod. Also know as “Lady’s Finger” Okra is grown in tropical and warm climates.
When cooked..Okra releases a gummy substance that is great for thickening gumbo and soups. If you rather not eat it that way..you can always fry it up to crunchy deliciousness!!
Okra is low in calories but nutrient dense. It is high in Fiber, Folate and Vitamins A & C. It’s also a good source of B Vitamins, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc while only containing trace amounts of Magnesium and Manganese. It is one of the few vegetables with a high content of phytonutrients and antioxidants like Beta Carotene and Lutein.
Okra is considered a medicinal vegetable due to it’s amazing benefits….
- Cholesterol – Okra’s soluble fiber helps lower cholesterol.
- Bone Health – The high Folate content in Okra helps build strong bone density.
- Anti-Cancer – Rich in antioxidants…Okra helps fight against harmful free radicals.
- Diabetes – It contains insulin-like properties that help reduce blood sugar levels.
- Immune Booster – Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C…Okra will give your immune system a boost 😉
- Anemia – Helps produce red blood cells to prevent Anemia.
- Constipation – Because the inside of Okra is mucilaginous or slimy and it has such a high fiber content…it increases bulk and lubrication providing a natural laxative effect.
- Eye Health – Antioxidants and Vitamin A contained in Okra help provide eye health and help reduce cataract and glaucoma.
When buying Okra smaller is better. Smaller pods will be more tender…larger pods tend to be tough and stringy. They should feel firm not soft and mushy. Bright green colored pods will be the freshest. 🙂
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