Ollaaa OKRA!!!!!

fresh okra on white background , close upOkra, popularly known in India as “BHINDI” OR “BHENDI” is a staple of traditional INDIAN cooking. If you are an indian you know this and agree that we indians love our “Masala Bhendi” or the favourite “Aaloo Bhindi” but, what you may not know is how nutritionally abundant this green veggie is? Okra/Bhindi has a unique combination of valuable nutrients and this is one of the selected group of foods which contains naturally occurring “Glutathione”. Optimal amount of glutathione are required for supporting the immune system. Glutathione also helps liver detoxify chemicals. (J.Bowden, pp 52). Okra/bhindi is high on fiber ( Ever heard your doctor/nutritionist saying “eat more fiber”??). 1 cup of cooked bhindi is about 35 calories and provides 4 grams of fiber, way more than those commercial cold cereals. Even though a vegetable, it is rich in protein “yup”, this same one cup gives about 3 g of protein which is pretty high for a vegetable (This does not mean you cut down on daal at a meal as you need much more than 3 grams of protein at each meal).

Okra is also high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin K and Folic acid.

From Ayurvedic point of view: Okra or bhindi is said to be “TRIDOSHIC”. Let me explain…. According to ayurveda we have “3 Doshas” / 3 metabolic types – 1. VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. Different foods have different balancing effects on these three doshas, So, our traditional Bhindi is good for balancing all the three doshas / metabolic types.

SOOO!!! Relish your Bhindi dish more than ever 🙂

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor  for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment and a diet and exercise expert for advice on diet, herbs and exercise.**

Reference :-

1.  Bowden, J, Ph.D., C.N.S, (2007). The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,Beverly,M.A.: Fair Winds Press.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by hema.mody@gmail.com on May 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the valuable information

    Sent from my HTC

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  2. Posted by Raj on May 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Nice article Radhika!

    Reply

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