How To Add Okra To Your Diet
Of course, the most practical way to add okra to your diet is to consume the pods. You can eat it fresh, dried, fried, broiled, sautéed, pickled, or roasted. Add the vegetable to your salads, stews, or other dishes.
If you’re interested in okra water, here are the preparation instructions:
- Choose okra pods that are firm to touch. Wash them under running water.
- Slice the pods thinly.
- Place the okra slices in water and leave overnight for up to 24 hours.
- When you’re ready to drink it (usually in the morning), squeeze the remaining juice of the pods into the okra water.
While it’s generally safe for people to eat okra or drink okra water, please note that excessive consumption might lead to some side effects.
For instance, since okra has moderate oxalate content, eating too much might increase your risk of kidney stones⁶. Okra also has vitamin K, which may interfere with blood-thinning medicines, like warfarin.
Hence, if you want to use okra and okra water medically for your diabetes, the best thing to do is consult your physician first.
Anecdotal reports claim that drinking okra water decreases blood sugar levels. There are also animal studies suggesting that okra is indeed an antidiabetic food. If you’re interested in consuming okra as herbal medicine, please consult your doctor first. This is especially important if you’re already taking medicines or have other underlying concerns.
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