Superfood Tip: Have a side of okra to manage blood sugar | CraigDailyPress.com

Superfood Tip: Have a side of okra to manage blood sugar

Craig Press staff report

Okra, also known as Lady Fingers, is known to help control blood sugar.

Okra is a vegetable that goes by several names. It is in season and perfect as a summer starter or side dish. 

Okra is a tall-growing, warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as hollyhock, rose of Sharon, and hibiscus. The long green pods are also sometimes called lady fingers.

Okra was brought to the new world by African slaves during the slave trade. The Swahili word for okra is gumbo.

Okra exudes a mucilaginous juice, which is responsible for its thickening power in the famous Louisiana Creole gumbo dish. The immature pods are used for soups, canning, and stews. They can also be fried or boiled. 

Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It's low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered: Okra has been suggested as a way to help manage blood sugar in cases of Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Source: University of Illinois Extention