By: Kanto Asili
Okra and carrots, referred to as “finger foods” because of their fingerlike shape, are also pointing you in the right direction health wise. These antioxidant rich foods regulate blood sugar, improve your eyesight, fight your risk of cancer, and make your bones stronger.
Below are the reasons why you should continuously incorporate these delicious foods into your diet.
They Keep You at Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that when okra is consumed in high amounts it has helped balance blood sugar levels. This may be due to okras fiber content, which not only keeps you full, but also allows the slow absorption of sugar, preventing those pesky blood sugar spikes.
Researchers believe that carrots may also be able to help regulate your blood sugar. This is due to their explosive amount of carotenoids, which have been associated with lowering high blood sugar that can get in the way of mood, health, and energy levels.
They Fight Your Risk Of Cancer
New research shows that okra has an amazing fighting ability against breast cancer! A recent Brazilian study found that the okra seeds contain a particular lectin that kills breast cancer cells in a vitro setting.
The beta-carotene found in carrots has also been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers such as lung, colon, and breast cancer.
They Make Your Bones Stronger
Okra and carrots are rich in vitamin K (this is great)! Vitamin K plays a key role in maintaining bone strength and preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Vitamin K also supports the binding of calcium, which creates faster healing in broken bones.
They Are Rich In Antioxidants
Okra is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A and lutein. Carotenoids found in carrots also act as antioxidants. Antioxidant rich foods can help clear toxins from the body and slow down the process of aging. Antioxidants have also been linked to helping prevent cancer and heart disease.
They Can Improve Your Eyesight
Recent studies have shown that the lutein, xanthin, vitamin A, and beta-carotenes found in okra may help in preventing eye problems such as glaucoma and cataract. Carrots are very rich in vitamin A. This is amazing for helping improve vision in dim light and eye conditions such as night blindness.
But Wait, How Do You Consume Them?
Why not try a new recipe that will fill you with a vitamin and fiber packed meal you are sure to always crave.
Vegan Okra and Carrot Curry
2-4 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
5¼ oz tomatoes, chopped
16 oz okra, 1 inch pieces, sliced (leave tops intact)
½ cup chickpeas
4 tsp peeled ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp curry powder
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp ground turmeric
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
Heat the oil in 12-inch skillet. Add carrot, garlic, onion, ginger, and tomato slices as well as all spices. After 2 minutes on med-high add okra. Stir for 4 minutes and add chickpeas. Stir for 5-8 more minutes on med-high until curry is at desired consistency.
Add: extra seasonings as desired
Number of Servings: 2
Accompany: Basmati Rice