Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in making mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for your health in more ways than one. If you aren’t ready to start cooking with okra just yet, don’t worry, there’s something you should know about “okra water.”
Also known by its botanical name Abelmoschus esculentus, okra originated from tropical countries in the Eastern hemisphere. It’s a fuzzy pod plant that contains seeds and a gelatinous substance that makes okra perfect for thickening soups or adding an extra level of texture to dishes.
Health Benefits of Okra
Before we get into how to prepare okra water, here is a list of all the benefits your body may be able to get! On top of being full of vitamins B and C, potassium, calcium, and folic acid, studies suggest that okra can have four major health benefits.
1) Okra Is High in Fiber
Okra’s high fiber content makes it a welcome guest for your digestive system. Not only does help your digest more effectively, but it relieves hunger pangs by keeping you fuller for longer. Researchers have also found that sufficient dietary fiber helps keep blood sugar balanced.
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