I am happy to announce to this wonderful event called BSI. This was passed to me by my dear blogger friend, Sanyukta. Thanks sweet for considering me for this hosting.
BSI stands for Blogger Segret Ingredient and is started by Biz. The story behind this event is that each week the chosen host will pick up an ingredient of his/her choice which has not been chosen as BSI before. To participate in this event you need to send recipes using the chosen ingredients and at the end of the week the host announces the winner and passes on the event to the next host.
This week's ingredient is OKRA....
Okra contains vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron and calcium. It also contains starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. No wonder, Cleopatra and Yang Guifei maintained their beauties.
|For 1/2 cup sliced, cooked okra||For 1 cup raw okra|
|Calories – 25Dietary Fiber – 2 gramsProtein – 1.52 gramsCarbohydrates – 5.76 gramsVitamin A – 460 IUVitamin C – 13.04 mgFolic acid – 36.5 microgramsCalcium – 50.4 mgIron – 0.4 mgPotassium – 256.6 mgMagnesium – 46 mg||Calories – 33Fiber – 3.2gTotal Fat – 0.1gProtein – 2.0gCarbohydrate – 7.6gVitamin A – 660 IUVitamin C – 21mgFolate – 87.8mcgMagnesium – 57mg|
Health Benefits of Okra
- The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize the blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
- Okra's mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
- Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra's mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic. Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most individuals unlike over-the-counter drugs.
- Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
- Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
- Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
- Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Okra has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements.
- Okra is good for summer heat treatment.
- Okra is good for constipation.
- Okra is good in normalizing the blood sugar and cholesterol level.
- Okra is good for asthma. Okra's vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
- Okra is good for atherosclerosis.
- Okra is believed to protect some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
- Eating okra helps to support the structure of capillaries.
- Some information shows that eating okra lowers the risk of cataracts.
- Okra is good for preventing diabetes.
- Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin.
Whew !!! Aren't those a lot of reasons why we should be using OKRA in our cooking :)
How and When:
- Main or one of the ingredients of your recipe should be OKRA.
- Posting the logo is mandatory.
- Anyone can participate, you don't need to have a food blog to participate in this event.
- Non Bloggers can simply send me there entries with there name and detailed recipe @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have an archived recipe,repost and send me the link.
- Please link your entries to this post.
- No Limit for no of entries.
- Last date to send entries is Sunday,12th September2010.
Winner wil get a virtual card with his/her name.