Okra also known as lady’s finger, is a plant of the Malvaceae family. The green pods that this plant produces are the source of its relevance, and it is native to tropical and warm climates. Okra, is a nutritious and healthy vegetable, it appears in a wide range of cuisines and preparations. It contains many beneficial substances, such as soluble fiber, mucilage, and folates. Okra is a great source of numerous vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C and the B-complex vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6. Okra is a good source of many essential minerals, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and calcium.
Okra, like many other vegetables, has high fiber and antioxidants content and is therefore beneficial. However, there have been instances of negative effects from consuming too much okra.
In this article I will enlighten you on 3 categories of people who should reduce their consumption of okra according to MedicalNewsToday and Medicinenet.
1. People with kidney stones
Since calcium oxalate is the major crystalline form of this mineral in the body, the high oxalate content of okra can contribute to the development of kidney stones. According to research,those who currently have kidney stones are more likely to form new ones if they eat a diet high in oxalates.
2.people with type II diabetes
Metformin, a medicine used to treat diabetes, may be less effective when taken with okra since it is not absorbed by the body very well, because people with type II diabetes tend to have more acidic urine, eating okra raises the risk of kidney stones in this people.
3. People with arthritis
Okra contains solanine, which may aggravate the inflammatory pain and discomfort caused by joint disorders like arthritis.