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Okra Water Controls Diabetes, Asthma, Cholesterol; How To Make Okra Water

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 7, 2018

Okra is a nutritional powerhouse used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers” and “gumbo,” is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. It is indigenous to regions around the Nile in North Africa and the Middle East for it was discovered dating as far as 3500 years ago in Ethiopia.

Okra Nutrition Value

Okra contains vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron and calcium. It also contains starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. It also contains vitamins, minerals and the antioxidants epicatechin, catechin, rutin, procyanidin B1 and B2 and quercetin. These antioxidants are capable of preventing damage to cells caused by environmental factors and stress.

How To Make Okra Water?

Drinking “okra water” is a popular new method of using okra. Cut 2-3 pieces of fresh okra after removing the head and tail part. Put it in a glass of water and let it stand overnight. Drink it about 30 minutes before breakfast.
This recipe is known to control blood sugar levels, cure asthma, cholesterol and good for kidney to keep it healthy.

Some people prefer to cut the okra into thin slices instead of soaking the pods whole. If you are going to prepare okra water this way, be prepared for a drink that is slightly bitter.

More Health Benefits of Eating Okra

  • Okra is good for asthma. Okra’s vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
  • The fiber of okra has many superior qualities in maintaining the health of the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Okra is good for preventing diabetes.
  • It helps reabsorb water and traps excess cholesterol, metabolic toxins and surplus bile in its mucilage and slips it out through the stool. Due to greater percentage of water in the bulk it thereby prevents constipation, gas and bloating in the abdomen.
  • Okra’s mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.

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Health Benefits Of Eating Ethiopian Food On The Regular

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 11, 2016

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If you’ve never had Ethiopian food before, you’re seriously missing out. Not only is the Ethiopian cuisine extremely delicious, it also packs a nutritional punch.

In this slideshow , Ethiopian Cookbook author Konjit Zewge reveals the nutritional benefits of nine Ethiopian staples. 

From fibre-rich teff to blood sugar regulating lentils, these ingredients are often used in hearty soups and stews. While these items in particular are vegetarian, meat is another staple in Ethiopian culture and is often cooked in butter for a richer flavour.

Ethiopian cuisine is one of the more forgiving types of food for first-time cooks. Zewge tells The Huffington Post Canada that the beauty of the cuisine is that it can easily be adjusted to your personal taste.

Not a fan of spice? Hold off on the Berbere powder. Looking to add a little nuttiness? Sprinkle on a few more sesame seeds!

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