While the image of okra water may not come across as palatable, the internet is abuzz with reports of this drink being the new cure for diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Bio-allied Sciences revealed that the peel and seeds of okra plant have anti-diabetic properties. The study showcased that a solution of water with okra soaked in it helped bring down blood sugar levels in diabetic rats. While there is no evidence to show if the solution works for human beings, there is no harm in giving it a try. After all, okra with its slimy texture and taste notwithstanding is a nutritious vegetable that’s rich in carbs, magnesium, fat, protein, fiber, folate, and vitamins A and C. So let’s try out this polarized vegetable in a new form, shall we?
Okra Water Recipe
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A nutrient-rich drink to keep your sugar levels in check
Take 4-5 medium-sized okra pods and wash it thoroughly.
Cut both ends of the pods, and slice them in half. You can also use a knife and pierce each side of the pods.
Now, take a cup filled with water and immerse the pods in it.
Keep the pods soaked in water for 8 hours. Note that you can also keep it soaked in water for 24 hours if you prefer to do so.
Next morning, or after 24 hours, release the leftover sap into the water from the okra pods by squeezing it. You can throw the pods away once you do so.
Pour the water into a glass and drink the nutrient-rich beverage. You can also season the drink with salt and pepper, should you find it bland.
Alternatively, to cut down on the time, boil the okra pods instead of keeping them soaked in water overnight. Once boiled, you can blend the slimy okra pods with water. Either, have it warm as a soup, or wait for it to cool down to have it as okra water.
If you don't enjoy the taste of okra water, you can blend the soaked vegetable with an orange and make a flavorful juice out of it. You can add ice cubes to it if you want to have it chilled. This blend will aid in digestion.
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An alumnus of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani is a journalist-turned-content writer, with an avid interest in politics, history, fashion, food, health, arts, and culture. She is a food fanatic, who loves to try out interesting and healthy recipes in her free time. When she isn’t writing or cooking, you’ll find her Instagramming (more often than she’d like), wasting time on an assortment of things such as shopping, netflixing, and chasing her up-to-no-good pet cat throughout the house.