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Thursday, March 22, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Okra Nutrition Facts


Okra Nutrition Facts:

Okra is one of the most popular vegetable all over the world, and called
by different names in various parts of the world, like lady's
finger, bhendi, bhendakaya, gumbo, and belongs to the mallow family
group of plants, botanically known as Abelmoschus Esculentus. Okra
plants are commercially cultivated throughout the world in the temperate
and tropical regions, and the plant produces many matured and edible
fruit pods in just 40 to 60 days, which are dark green in color, nearly
10 to fifteen cm in size. Okra usage along with other food items, as one
of the popular vegetable is most common in almost all parts of the
world, including Western countries, European countries and in India.

Okra or Lady's finger nutritional profile includes; it is enriched
with essential Vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E,
and Vitamin B complex constituents like riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic
acid, folates, thiamin, and choline. Okra contains less fat and zero
cholesterol, proteins, carbohydrates and both soluble and insoluble
dietary fiber, and minerals such as copper, potassium, sodium, calcium,
zinc, iron, selenium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and
antioxidants namely, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene, beta crypto
xanthin, which all contribute to prevent health disorders and promote
better health.

Okra Nutrition Facts include; Okra or lady's finger is known to
provide the following health and nutritional benefits due to the
presence of vital phytonutrients. Due to the presence of low calorific
value and less content of saturated fats, Okra is very beneficial for
the weight loss patients, because it helps to lose weight. Okra eases
digestive system, improves digestive function, and controls entire
digestive function as it is enriched with high content of soluble and
insoluble dietary fiber. Okra is also proved to be beneficial for
conceived women, as it promotes good development of foetus, as it is
good source of folates and other Vitamins like Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Okra helps to clear excess bile salts and Cholesterol, and toxins as it
absorbs more water that leads to smooth excretion of the same.

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