You may or may not like the taste or texture of okra. However, new research is showing that okra is invaluable in helping us fight microplastics in our drinking water.
Microplastics are small particles of plastic pollution that break down into tinier and tinier pieces and end up just about everywhere on our planet.
The slimy, gooey texture is exactly the quality that allows a compound from the plant to help filter microplastics from water. The chemicals that we currently use to remove microplastics from water can, unfortunately, become toxic.
Fortunately, scientists have found that the polysaccharides in okra can do an even better job and no expensive modifications to treatment plants are necessary.