Some have heard of the vegetable pod used mainly in gumbo. How else is it used? If you enjoy Indian food, okra is used extensively with curry. If you've been in the South, Okra is used in practically every creole dish. Have you had fried okra? I have and its simply delicious.
But did you know that okra is a healthy vegetable?
1. Okra is high in fiber:
Eight medium-sized pods are estimated to contain 3 grams of fiber. This bulk fiber quality has several benefits. It helps digestion, cuts hunger cravings, and keeps those who eat it fuller for longer. Foods that are high in fiber content are an important part of dietary treatment options for diabetes. Increased dietary fiber intake has been shown to promote better glycemic control and improve insulin sensitivity.
2. Anti Stress Effects:
There is evidence that the seed extracts of okra have an antioxidant, anti-stress effect in the bloodstream of mice. Managing stress levels is an important part of managing diabetes. Long-term, high stress levels can cause blood sugars to spike. Mental Health should be a part of any diabetes treatment plan, and using okra and its derivative seeds can be a part of that plan.
3. May help lower Cholesterol:
Okra has been found to lower cholesterol levels in diabetic lab mice. Foods with high fiber content and antioxidant qualities are recommended for those with diabetes because they lower cholesterol. The American Heart Association points out that people with diabetes are more likely to have unhealthy cholesterol levels. When high cholesterol levels are combined with diabetes, the outlook is not good. That’s why it’s so critical to make sure that your diet has healthy cholesterol levels.
4. Anti-fatigue Effects:
One study indicates that recovery times and “fatigue levels” can be improved by use of the okra plant. By including okra in your diet along with a healthy exercise routine, you may be able to work out for longer and recover more quickly from your exercise. Cardiovascular activity is an essential part of preventing and treating diabetes. This means that the okra plant may contribute to a more active lifestyle.
PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN IF BEING TREATED FOR DIABETES.
Written by Kathryn Watson.