Okra is a good source of minerals and vitamins. It’s available all year round, but its peak season is summer. Okra is rich in fiber, vitamin A, B6 and C, folic acid, rivoflavin, calcium, zinc and thiamin.
One cup (100 grams) of okra provides 31 calories, 2 grams of protein and 3.2 grams of fiber. The fiber in the okra pods helps to maintain the gastro-intestinal tract healthy and relieves constipation, which is known as one of the main factor that causes hemorrhoids.
Okra is recommended for pregnant women, as it is a great source of folic acid. Okra also helps to control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
When buying it, choose the ones that are bright green, dry and firm. You can store them for two or three days in the warmest part of the refrigerator as cold temperatures can accelerate its decay.
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