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    Top 10 Health Benefits of Okra

    March 11, 2015 (Last Updated: March 10, 2015)

    Top Benefits of Eating Okra or Gumbo Pods

    Lady’s Fingers, Gumbo Pods, Bamia, Ochro, Bhindi, or Okra- whichever you call this vegetable, you should know more why it’s worth chewing this slimy veggie. It’s quite common in Asian countries as well as in Africa and Southern America. It’s either served fried, grilled and boiled. It’s gooey texture when boiled or mixed with a soup makes every single dish extra thicker while it’s crispy texture when fried coupled with the unique taste of this pod would definitely live an impression.

    Jam packed with vitamins and minerals minus the extra calorie and fat, this pod would always be listed among the super veggies. So make sure that you include this in your diet. A half a cup serving alone could give you more than you can imagine, to give you a more concrete proof, here are the top 10 benefits of eating Okra.

    Here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Okra:

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    1. Okra Controls your cholesterol levels

    Okra is composed mainly of dietary fiber. In fact half a cup would give you 2 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary Fiber is comprised of two components, the insoluble fiber, which is the vegetables chewy component, and the soluble fiber, which is part of the slimy substance that the okra has. The soluble fiber plays the most important role in lowering cholesterol level. It binds with the excess fat molecules and eliminates them from your system.

    1. Okra is Anti-diabetic

    Diabetes is quite a major problem among the world population. It’s one of the top killer diseases around the globe. Treatment of course is not possible, because once you get it in your system, you can never get it out. So might as well do a good job in protecting yourself against it, by eating the right amount of carbs, and vegetables like Okra to maintain your blood sugar level. The global medical community has been researching on the potential of Okra to be an anti-diabetic food and the evidence on this claim has been building up over the years. It is thought that the insoluble fiber of this plant causes the absorption of sugar in the intestine to slow down.

    1. Ensures good digestion

    It’s gooey, and slimy substance might be a bit of a turn off for many, but did you know that all these substances contribute to a good digestion by helping improve peristalsis movement. Other than this substance, the rich dietary fiber content also contributes in intestinal health by acting as intestinal sweepers to maintain a good bowel movement. Continue Reading…