Why is it called lady fingers, we don’t know exactly, but some people believe that it is slim, long and nice like the fingers of a female, hence it is called so. Lady finger has always remained the choice of fitness conscious people because it is an efficient weight reducing vegetable grown almost everywhere in India.
Nutrition wise, a lady finger contains mostly Fibre, Folate, Pyridoxine, Thiamine, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Copper, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc and Phosphorus.
Though its benefits are too many, we have chosen the most vital one’s for you. Read and share with others:
1. Weight reducing vegetable
As we mentioned above, lady finger is the first choice of the weight conscious people because it is a rich source of fibres and nothing else. Its calorie content is too low, 30 Kcal/ 100 gm. Fibre gives a feeling of fullness and hence the person consumes less food.
2. Improves heart condition
It is obvious when your weight will remain under check, the condition of your heart will improve automatically. Lady finger contains fibre pectin, which removes cholesterol from the blood.
3. Decreases high blood pressure
Eugenol fibre content in lady finger slows digestion and absorption of blood sugar this avoids sugar spikes in blood, which lowers blood pressure.
4. Aids in digestion
Lady finger is a rich source of fibres that help in healthy digestion. It regulates the bowel movements as well. Pectin makes the excretion easier by swelling in the intestine. It helps get rid of constipation by as well.
5. Helps in development of the foetus
The folate content in the lady fingers makes this vegetable useful for ladies who are expecting or are trying to conceive. Folate helps in the development of the foetus in the womb of a mother and also prevents miscarriage. It is believed that ladies who have an adequate amount of folate in their bodies give birth to kids in a better state, both physically and mentally.
6. Boosts immunity
Lady fingers boost immunity because of its Vitamin C content.
7. Reduces anaemia
Since this vegetable contains, iron, folate and Vitamin K, which are much needed for preventing anaemia. So it is important for ladies who experience heavy blood loss through a menstrual cycle every month.
8. Improves eyesight
The Vitamin A and beta-carotene are important for the health of the eye. Since lady fingers contain both, hence it may be useful for eyesight.
9. Removes dandruff and lice
Lady finger when mixed with lemon and water helps in getting rid of dandruff and lice.