What is Okra?
This therapeutic vegetable is grown all throughout the tropical and warm mild districts around the globe for its stringy fruits or “pods”. Okra can be consumed as a vegetable. Okra aka “Lady’s finger” is in with the Malvaceae (mallows) family and is named deductively as Abelmoschus esculentus.
These are the medical advantages of Okra:
Brings Down Bad Cholesterol: Okra (soluble fiber pectin) helps lower the serum (bad) cholesterol and avoids atherosclerosis.
For Pregnancy and Fetal advancement: Okra helps prevent unnatural birth cycles, promotes development of the fetal neural tube, and prevents imperfections in the tube.
Skin Detoxifier: Okra (Vitamin C, fiber aids toxic) is utilized to repair body tissues, heal psoriasis, eliminate pimples, and other skin conditions.
Treats Genital Disorders: Okra treats genital issue like syphilis, extreme menstrual bleeding, leucorrhoea, dysuria, and gonorrhea.
For Asthma: It can shorten the duration of asthma manifestations and prevent deadly attacks. Okra is high in vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Reduces Colon cancer risk: Okra cleans out the intestinal tract with its insoluble fiber, diminishing the danger of colon-rectal tumor. The high cell reinforcements in Okra aid in securing the immune system against unsafe free radicals and avoid transformation of cells.
Immunity Booster: Okra is a decent immune booster food high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Other vital minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, battle against unsafe free radicals and support the immune system.
Rich Fiber Source: Okra helps regulate digestion, and regularization of entrails with its filaments.
Rich Protein Source: The superb wellspring of top notch vegetable protein and oils, cystine, advanced with amino acids like tryptophan, and other sulfur amino acids content are contained in the seeds of Okra.
Lively Hair: Okra is an extraordinary hair conditioner, battles dandruff and lice, scalp cream for dry and irritated scalp and adds a youthful sheen to your hair.
Treats Sun strokes: Okra eases general misery, weakness, and fatigue.
Relieves Constipation: the mucilaginous and rich fiber content in Okra cases helps enhance stool mass, binds poisons, guarantees simple solid discharges, encourages fitting assimilation of water, and lubricates the intestines with its common purgative properties.
Probiotics: Okra facilitates the propagation of probiotics and helps the natural production of vitamin B complex.
Diabetes: Okra regulates glucose levels. The kind of fiber found in Okra i.e. Eugenol, aids in settling glucose by controlling the rate at which sugar is ingested from the intestinal tract. Learn how to make okra water in the video below.
Feeds Blood Network: Okra helps build the structure of blood vessels.
Respiratory soother: The antioxidants in okra along with a large content of vitamin C are effective in treating respiratory problems and has shown to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks in patients.
Counteracts Anemia: Helps red blood cell production.
Prevents Obesity: the Okra’s fiber helps in keeping you full, and the copious supplements sustain you.
Ulcers: The same mucilage in okra which helps ease digestion can also heal and relieve the pain of stomach ulcers.
Strong Bones: Okra is an excellent source of vitamin K which is vital for reinforcing bones and counteracting osteoporosis.
Angus is the name of a specific breed of cows that came to America from Scotland in the late 1800s. Angus cattle are typically black and hornless. A man named George Grant, who had transported several Angus cows to America, decided to cross Angus and Texas longhorn cattle. His experiment worked well, and others began to import Angus as well.
Today the American Angus Association claims to record more cattle than any other breed association in the world. And Angus beef is now the most popular kind of red meat eaten in the U.S.
Most of us go to the grocery store to buy beef or order beef at a restaurant without thinking too much about where it came from. Few people know about breeds of cattle, inspection and grading processes, or the marketing that goes on behind the scenes. This is why, when fast food chains and hot dog makers start throwing about a term like “Angus” there is going to be problems and there is going to be confusion.
There is even a brand of dog food that touts itself as Angus.
Angus is a breed of cattle. It is not a quality of beef, it does not imply that the beef is organic, natural, or of a higher grade than any other type of beef. Angus was specifically breed from the indigenous cattle of Scotland by Hugh Watson in the mid-nineteenth century. It is believed that nearly all the Black Angus cattle alive today came from the results of his attempts to maximize the black hide of these animals. In the 1870’s these cattle were brought to the United States and by the 1880’s the American Angus Association was founded.
There are Black and Red Angus, but the Red Angus is not sponsored by the American Angus Association and is a much rarer breed. The Black Angus, or more commonly Angus is, well, a black hided breed without horns (polled). To make a long story short, the Angus have a number of advantages (fast growing, reliably tender, well marbled) and quickly became popular as breeding stock to reduce problems of over-breeding in other lines of cattle. Because of this and the general popularity of Angus by ranchers, it has become the most popular breed in the United States.
What’s so great About Angus: Angus beef develops with better marbling than most cattle. Marbling is the amount of intramuscular fat. Most people agree that marbling improves flavor, tenderness, and keeps meat moist while cooking (especially at high temperatures). Beef is graded based on marbling with the highest degree of marbling reserved for the Prime grade (Prime represents less than 3% of all beef produced). Frequently Angus grades better on the USDA scale but that doesn’t mean that Angus is a grade of quality or that anything you buy labeled Angus is going to be better than any other cut.
Inspecting, Grading, and Classifying: So how do you know that the beef you buy is Angus? All beef in the United States is inspected by the US Department of Agriculture. This is mandatory and performed for reason of food safety. Grading (see Beef Grading for more information) is voluntary and done at the expense of the owner of the cattle at the time of grading. In the inspection process the breed of cattle is legally determined by visual inspection.
This is an important point here. If you remember back to high school biology they talked about phenotype and genotype. Cattle are classified into a breed by phenotype (visual traits). There is no genetic testing done to say exactly which breed it is. If cattle are 51% black they are classified as Angus, at least as far as the government is concerned. This means that meat and meat products labeled as Angus might be mostly Angus, or it might not be mostly Angus. But guess what? That’s okay, because Angus is the most common breed of cattle in the United States, most of the meat you buy is Angus, or at least partly Angus. So why are you paying more for beef labeled Angus? Good question.
The USDA lists certified brands of beef that are registered with them. Only beef meeting the criteria of these independent certification programs can carry the brand name. The government oversees this process and protects the brand names from misuse. Of the 86 USDA recognized certified brands, representing 25% of all produced beef in the United States, 63 contain the word Angus. Angus is the magic word for beef marketing.
The Bottom Line: There is a lot of deception in beef labeling. Stores sell lower grade beef with stickers that say things like “Butcher’s Choice” or “Prime Value”. Similarly lower graded beef or frequently ungraded beef gets the Angus stamp on it to be sold to fast food chains and a whole host of uses. This is not to say that these products are not made with Angus beef, but that the implication that Angus means quality isn’t true. In the past few decades the word Angus has come to imply something it simply doesn’t.
Angus of Quality: The vast majority of Angus beef produced in the United States comes under the umbrella of the American Angus Association. This organization, in an attempt to increase awareness of Angus beef and to help command a higher price for their members, created the Certified Angus Beef brand in 1978. It is largely due to their efforts that the term Angus has come to command the power that it does today. Using genetics, ultrasound technology, and the classic breeding registries the people of Certified Angus Beef have worked to improve the breed that will produce the beef that will bear their logo (not necessarily all the Angus beef in the country).
Certified Angus Beef is graded by the USDA and must be in the top two grades (Prime and Choice) plus it must pass eight additional criteria to be labeled Certified Angus Beef. These criteria, revised a few years ago, are designed to determine quality, but also to insure that the cattle they use are Angus by more than just a 51% black definition. The shopper’s tip here is that choice grade Certified Angus Beef is generally of a better quality than average cuts of choice beef.
Final Analysis: A fast food hamburger or a mass market hot dog with the Angus name stamped on it are still the lowest quality of beef that can be sold for human consumption even if it comes from Angus cattle. If you like Angus beef, buy Angus beef of quality and not just something labeled Angus. Angus can be flavorful and tender beef or it can be a name used to separate you from your cash. Be a smart consumer and know what you are buying.
Picture of Angus beef on the left compared to Wagyu beef on the right
What Is the Difference between Angus and Kobe Beef?
Kobe beef is considered a luxury product, hence its high price. The meat may contain up to forty-five percent fat, and the high amount of marbling gives it more taste in some people’s opinion when they consider Angus versus Kobe beef.