Posted on | August 25, 2010 | No Comments
Okra, also known as “lady finger” or “gumbo”, is a highly nutritious green edible pod vegetable. It is related to the mallow family and grows in tropical and warm regions around the world.
The dark green fibrous pods are about 10 – 15cm and look like fingers (hence the nickname lady finger). Inside the pod is small white round seeds and when cut, produces a sticky gum residue. The rich fiber content and seeds work together to relieve constipation and encourage digestion.
Okra is widely used in cooking in the countries they are grown. They can be steamed, fried and make excellent fibre content in stews and curries.
Health benefits of Okra
Okra is very low in calories, 100 g contains only 30 calories
Contains NO saturated fats or Cholesterol (recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs)
Rich source of dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins
Contains healthy amounts of Vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta carotenes, xanthin and lutein. (Green vegetable with one of the highest levels of these anti-oxidants tha are essential for vision) Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy skin.
Good source of folate (22% of RDA per 100g). Beneficial for decreased birth defects.
Excellent source of Vitamin-C (36% of RDI per 100g) Vitamin-C helps body improve immunity and protects body from harmful free radicals.
Rich in B-complex vitamins (niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid)
Contains good amounts of Vitamin K which is important for blood clotting & bone strength.
Good source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
Health Guru Advice: These are a fantastic choice of green vegetable to add to your meal. They are packed full of goodness, low in calories and taste great too. Enjoy!