Okra; Benefits, Side Effects, Flavors, Nutrition Facts

By Samuel Ansah

Last Updated October 18, 2022

Okra is a vegetable that is both edible and high in nutritional content. It is high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s also high in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Okra or okro, Abelmoschus esculentus, is a blooming plant in the mallow family that is sometimes referred to as ladies’ fingers in many English-speaking nations. Its green seed pods are delicious. Okra’s origins are disputed geographically, with claims that it originated in West Africa, Ethiopia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.

Okra benefits

  • Controls diabetes.
  • Helps in bone formation.
  • Dietary fiber for easy digestion.
  • It helps with Anaemia.
  • Reduces constipation.
  • It helps with weight loss.

Okra side effects

Some people may have negative effects from eating too much okra. Challenges to digestion: Okra includes fructans, a form of carbohydrate. People who already have digestive issues may experience diarrhea, gas, cramping, and bloating as a result of fructans.

Nutrition Facts

  • Dietary fiber 3.2 g.
  • Vitamin C 38%.
  • Iron 3%.
  • Vitamin B6 10%.
  • Calcium 8%.
  • Magnesium 14%.


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