Okra is a green finger-shaped vegetable which is a warm season vegetable. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. It is low in calories and helps to regulate the body’s blood sugar thereby helps in controlling/fighting DIABETES. Pods of the plant are a rich source of Vitamin K which strengthen bones and antioxidants. It also contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium.
Additional Benefits include –
- Promotes heart health and protect against cancer.
- Helps to neutralize acids and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
- Protect from stomach Ulcers.
- Anti-Stress effects.
- Lowers Cholesterol level.
- Great for weight loss.
- Boosts immune system.
- Boosts digestion.
- Takes care of blood pressure.
- A perfect veggie for diabetics.
- Treat gastric issues.
- Good for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Nutritional value –
1 cup of raw okra around 100 grams (g) contains:
- 33 calories
- 93 g protein
- 19 g fat
- 45 g carbohydrate
- 2 g fiber
- 48 g sugar
- 3 milligrams (mg) vitamin K
- 299 mg potassium
- 7 mg sodium
- 23 mg vitamin C
- 2 mg thiamin
- 57 mg magnesium
- 82 mg calcium
- 215 mg vitamin B6
- 60 micrograms (mcg) folate
- 36 mcg vitamin A
It also provides some iron, niacin, phosphorus, and copper.
Nutrients vary from age, activity level, and caloric intake.
Okra is easy to grow in hot climates.
Choose that is slightly firm to touch whose tail breaks with a popping sound and avoid those which are soft or rigid, showing seeds from outside whose tail does not break. Also, see if it is free from blemishes.
Keep it dry and do not wash until ready to use.
It can be eaten boiled, fried, pickled or steam cooked.
———————Okra Water for Diabetes ———————–
Okra – 3-4 pieces
Water – 1 glass
- Wash and remove the head of okra.
- Put it in a large jar and cover with water.
- Soak overnight, at least for 8 hours.
- In the morning, Squeeze it to get water and throw the squeezed okra.
- Water is ready to drink.