A perennial blooming plant in the Malvaceae family, okra is often referred to as "lady's finger" or "bamia pod." Native to tropical and temperate regions, its green pods have made it a sought-after commodity. An excellent source of vitamins and minerals, okra can be found in a wide range of cuisines. There is, however, significant debate as to the ancestry of this vegetable.
Many essential vitamins and minerals may be found in okra, making it a healthy choice for your diet. Okra is low in calories and free of cholesterol and saturated fats. Dietary fiber, mucilage, and folates are all found in abundance in this food. Okra is a good source of vitamins A, C, and B-complex vitamins like niacin, thiamine, and pantothenic acid. Calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium are all found in okra.
The high fiber and antioxidant content of okra, like that of many other vegetables, makes it good for your health. However, excessive consumption of okra can have detrimental consequences on some people.
The following medical disorders, as listed by Medicalnewstoday and WebMD, require a reduction in okra consumption:
Okra contains fructans, a carbohydrate that the body has a hard time digesting. In people with gastrointestinal problems, fructans can cause diarrhea, gas, flatulence, stomach pain, and bloating.
2. Kidney stones.
Okra is a rich source of oxalates crystals. It is possible for these crystals to stick together and form a solid (a kidney stone). Oxalate is a substance that may cause urine crystals to form. A lack of fluids may cause calcium to "stick" to the oxalate as urine is excreted by the kidney. While it is possible to get kidney stones as a result of drinking too much okra water, this is an exceedingly rare occurrence.
3. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Solanine, a toxin contained in okra, may exacerbate the pain and inflammation felt by arthritis sufferers.
Problems with blood clotting
Blood-thinning medications like Coumadin may interfere with Okra's high vitamin K concentration. Blood coagulation is aided by Vitamin K. (warfarin). Individuals who are on blood thinners should exercise caution and consult with their physician before putting okra in their diet.
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