Outstanding Okra Benefits

Okra.

Green slimy goodness.

Some people are weirded out by the slimy substance (called mucilage) found in okra.

It actually is very good for you and your intestines!!

(See below)

A Few (of the many) Benefits of Okra…

Fiber. Vitamin C. Antioxidants. Folic Acid.

If you want more info about each of these, read below. If not, just trust me and skip to the recipe 🙂 Eventually I will get to a more in depth blog post about these individual components.

1. Very high in fiber…provides about 13% of our RDA which is more than most green veggies! 

Why is fiber important? It makes you poo!  Fiber absorbs water from the digest tract. This helps to soften stools and help bowel movements.  This consequently prevents toxin build-ups and helps you feel less bloated. Fiber also helps you feel full longer, lessening the need to overeat or snack.

2. High in Vitamin C (35% of RDA!)

Why is Vitamin C important? One of the many=great repair and health of tissues and the production of collagen.

3. High in antioxidants

Why are antioxidants important? Inhibits oxidation in our bodies.  What is oxidation?  Well it is a natural process that happens to everyone. Take yourself back to chemistry class…remember electrons? Well, oxidation is when molecules in your body lose those electrons you learned about in class. These molecules, now called “free radicals” can then potentially damage your DNA..perhaps even eventually lead to disease.  That is why it is so important to include antioxidants in your diet…they clean those “free radicals” in your body! More to come on this topic (one of my favorites!) later.

5. High in Folic Acid

Why is folic acid important? Very helpful in cell growth and reproduction (which is why it is important to get the recommended amount during pregnancy).

 

Nutritional Information:

For 1/2 cup sliced, cooked okra For 1 cup raw okra
Calories – 25
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Protein – 1.52 grams
Carbohydrates – 5.76 grams
Vitamin A – 460 IU
Vitamin C – 13.04 mg
Folic acid – 36.5 micrograms
Calcium – 50.4 mg
Iron – 0.4 mg
Potassium – 256.6 mg
Magnesium – 46 mg
Calories – 33
Fiber – 3.2g
Total Fat – 0.1g
Protein – 2.0g
Carbohydrate – 7.6g
Vitamin A – 660 IU
Vitamin C – 21mg
Folate – 87.8mcg
Magnesium – 57m

 

If you haven’t tried okra before, give it a shot.

With all things in life, it is delicious fried.

However, I will be posting a saute recipe that I believe is equally as delicious (definitely healthier)!

 

 

One thought on “Outstanding Okra Benefits

  1. Pingback: Baked Okra | basal evolution

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s