Okra is a staple within my household – not a week goes by without a juicy pot of okra soup! When I studied the health giving properties of okra I was simple amazed! Okra also known as ‘lady fingers’ is indeed a complete food! The nutritional profile of this delicious vegetable is everything for a growing child.
Here are the super health facts about okra:
- It is low in calories – bamia pods contain only 30 calories per 100g
- It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol
- It can help stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing its absorption from the intestines.
- It contains lots of dietary fiber and acts as a natural laxative which can help you to naturally get rid of constipation. The pods are rich in mucilage substance, which is a thick, gluey substance that lubricates the large intestine and helps with elimination. Okra’s fiber also feeds the gut’s beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and helps maintain the pH balance of your digestive tract.
- It is rich in vitamin A and other antioxidants – the green pods contain beta-carotene, lutein and xanthine, which together with vitamin A help preserve good vision and keep your skin fresh and healthy. Okra has been connected to cataract prevention and is praised for preventing spots and pimples
- Due to the abundance of antioxidants and fiber, some also connect okra with cancer prevention, especially the prevention of colorectal cancer.
- It is a rich source of vitamin C, which helps with the body’s immunity – okra has been linked to cough and cold prevention. Since vitamin C also act as an anti-inflammatory, okra might be good for reducing the symptoms of asthma
- It contains folates – 100 grams of okra provides about 22% of the recommended daily allowance
During your next shopping trip look out for this superfood – as Nigerians we enjoy this in a variety of ways including gently fried and seasoned in palm oil❤️ add mushrooms and kale to boost nutritional content!