Okra is a flowering plant that is known for its edible seed pods. It belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. Okra is very low in calories and has high dietary fiber content. We would be discussing the health and nutritional benefits of okra.
- Okra is rich in nutrients, an excellent source of vitamin C and K1. Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that contributes to your overall immune function, while vitamin K is a water soluble vitamin that is known for its role in blood clotting. In addition, okra is low in calories and carbs and contains protein and fiber in reasonable amount. Many fruits and vegetables lack protein which makes okra somewhat unique.
- In okra soup, pregnant women gets folate also known as vitamin B9 which is an essential nutrient for the development of the brain and spine of the fetus.
- Okra also helps lower cholesterol and is very good for weight -loss management. Also, okra has anti – stress effects and can be of help in removing toxins from the body.
- Because okra is high in fiber, it is said to aid heart health. Because, foods that are high in fiber can reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the blood. High fiber foods reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and diabetes.
Above all, okra is a nutritious food with many health benefits. It is rich in magnesium, folate, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins C, K1 and A. Okra may benefit pregnant and breastfeeding women, aid heart health and control blood sugar.
Cooking okra can be very simple. Add it to your grocery list or order a delicious okra soup with side dish from our food truck today.