If you don’t eat okra, you have no idea the nutritional benefits you’re missing out on. Each time you eat okra, your body is receiving vitamins A, B, C, E and K as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also contains high levels of mucilaginous fiber.
Because of all of the nutrients this plant packs, it’s good for you in many ways:
- Digestive health: It’s an incredible source of fiber.
- Vision: Due to its high vitamin A content, it helps improve and protect your sight.
- Skin health: The vitamins in okra are also great for skin health.
- Immune System: The various antioxidants of okra make it highly beneficial to fight off free radicals and the vitamin C is good for the immune system.
- Lower blood sugar: Okra can be used to lower blood sugar. Simply take 3 to 4 tender, raw okra and slit to down the middle. Put them in water and let it sit overnight. The next day, drink the water. You will notice a drop in blood levels over two weeks.
How to prepare okra
There are a few ways to prepare okra that are both nutritious and tasty.
- Sautee – You can sauté okra in a skillet on mid to low heat for about 10 minutes and enjoy a nutritious side dish or snack.
- In soup – You can also add okra to vegetable soups.
- Raw – Enjoy okra raw in a salad or by itself.
- With tomatoes – It also tastes great as a comfort food if sautéed with tomatoes.