People are often affected with heart disease due to high levels of cholesterol in their blood. Pectin, a soluble fibre present in ladys finger helps lower this cholesterol and thus is helpful in preventing heart disease. Okra pods are one of the widely used vegetables in tropical countries. Chopped, or sliced pods are stewed or fried (fritters) under low heat oil in order to soften their mucilaginous content. They then, can be mixed with other vegetables, rice, or meat.