The humble okra is an ancient vegetable thought to originate from Africa and Asia and brought to the United States on ships during the 18th century.
It is also a powerfully-nutritious food. Okra is full of soluble, mucilaginous fiber which is very healing to the digestive tract, helps to regulate bowel transit time, and feeds healthy bacteria in your gut. It has been shown to protect the stomach lining from developing ulcers. And It also binds and helps eliminate excess cholesterol, hormones, and toxins.
Okra is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and manganese, and polyphenols including catechins and quercetin, which have beneficial adaptive effects on gene expression by balancing DNA methylation.
These okra fries are absolutely delicious, and perfect even for those okra skeptics. Let us know what you think!
Recipe by Darin Ingels ND.