The fiber, vitamins and minerals found in okra plants bring various health benefits. One of the popular benefits of okra is that it can reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Okra is a plant that can be consumed up to the seeds in it. These vegetables are generally very soft and slimy. Okra, also known as the ‘lady finger’, can grow in tropical countries. This is what might make countries like Indonesia, Asia, India and the Middle East not too familiar with food menus made from okra.
Benefits of Fiber-Rich and Antioxidant Okra
Some people may be reluctant to eat okra. Its texture which tends to be slimy and sticky, especially when heated, is one of the reasons why okra is less in demand.
Yet behind these deficiencies, okra contains good potential for bodily health. This is because okra contains various minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorus and calcium. Also contains various types of vitamins, ranging from vitamins A, B, C, to vitamin K.
For those of you who are still reluctant to consume okra, here are some health benefits of okra:
Reducing blood sugar levels
Good for digestive health and prevent constipation
Lower cholesterol levels
Despite the need for further research, okra is believed to be useful in helping diabetics because it can stabilize blood sugar levels. To get the benefits of okra in lowering blood sugar levels, you can consume baked okra seeds or by drinking okra water. Okra water can be made by soaking the okra overnight in white water and drinking the immersion water in the morning. The benefits of okra in stabilizing blood sugar levels may be obtained because of its high fiber content, so that it can slow the release of sugar in the blood and contain a low glycemic index.
Okra is a good food for diet because it is rich in natural fiber so it is good for digestive health. The content of soluble fiber from okra is somewhat similar to the fiber found in cereals. In addition, okra mucus can help prevent constipation or constipation.
Despite the need for further research, okra extract is claimed to help reduce cholesterol levels. This might be because okra is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants.
However, further research is still needed related to the benefits of okra for health. Until now there has been no medical agreement regarding the effectiveness of okra in treating diabetes.
You need to consult with your doctor about taking okra accompanied by certain medications. A study detected the possibility of okra interaction with metformin, a drug used to manage blood sugar levels. The consumption of okra together with the consumption of metformin may cause inhibition of absorption of metformin.
Noteworthy, the most effective long-term way to manage blood sugar levels is by adopting a healthy, low-sugar diet, maintaining a normal weight, and exercising regularly.
Processing Okra into a Delightful serving
Cooking okra to be a healthy and delicious dish is a challenge in itself. Okra will become more sticky if exposed to heat for too long. The right way to process okra is by sautéing it for a while or preserving it in a marinated way.
In addition, pieces of okra can be processed into soups that will thicken because of the gelatine that okra emits when exposed to heat. Okra can also be processed without chopping, by sautéing it whole.
To make a delicious meal of okra, choose young okra that are small (no more than 7 cm) and still fresh so they cook faster. Clean the okra with a clean, damp cloth to remove fine hair and don’t forget to dry it before cutting it
To make stir-fried okra, here’s how you can do it:
- Heat two tablespoons of olive oil on a frying pan.
- Add about 0.5 kilograms of cut okra with a thickness of about 1 cm.
- Saute on medium heat for 5 minutes until the okra changes color
- Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, chopped garlic and diced onions.
- Saute again for about three minutes then add salt, pepper, and two cups of tomatoes that have been cut.
- Stir again and let stand for 10 minutes. Lift and s
Besides sautéing, okra can also be roasted. It’s easy, put 12-15 pieces of fresh okra on a skewer. Trim it to resemble a ladder and strong enough to put on the grill. Flush the okra satay with olive oil and bake for about two minutes on each side.
Okra is a good source of nutrition for the body, because it contains fiber and antioxidants. However, diabetics who want to take advantage of okra, you should consult a doctor first, especially if taking certain medications.