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Healthy food: okra

  1. Okra is a vegetable that belongs to the mallow family or malvaceae. This plant provides green pods that are edible in both raw and prepared form. In addition to its extensive preparation methods, okra also offers a rich source of nutritional value that has a positive effect on our health.

What is okra?

  1. The okra plant grows in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions and is considered a national product in South Asia, Ethiopia and West Africa. The plants grow to about 6-7 meters in height and deliver pods that have a rather slimy texture.

Nutritional value of okra

  1. Okra has a low calorie content (30 kcal / 100g). Okra is free from fats and cholesterol. Okra is rich in dietary fiber and provides 9% of the recommended daily amount per 100 grams. Okra is a source of vitamins C and K. It provides 36% and 44% of the daily requirement. In addition, it contains a moderate amount of vitamin A that is good for 12% of the daily requirement per 100 grams. Okra also contains moderate amounts of the B vitamin group: 17% thiamine, 16.5% pyridoxine, 6% niacin, 5% pantothenic acid and 4.5% riboflavin per 100 grams. Okra is a very good source of folates and provides 22% of the daily requirement per 100 grams. Okra is rich in the phytonutrients beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Okra also contains several vitamins such as manganese and large amounts of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

Health Benefits

  1. In addition to this abundance of nutritional values, this humble vegetable also has an abundance of health benefits.

Applications of okra

  1. Okra is used in traditional folk medicine. Below are some examples:

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