Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator with Diana Herrington at Real Food For Life.
Many people think peas are just a poor man’s meat or a cheap restaurant side dish that puts ‘green’ on your plate.
Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a boon for your health and the whole planet. Read all their benefits, how to use them properly, and some easy recipes. We’ll start with the benefits of this tasty powerfood.
1. Weight management:
Peas are low-fat but high-everything-else. A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micronutrients.
2. Stomach cancer prevention:
Peas contain high amounts of a health-protective polyphenol called coumestrol. A study in Mexico City determined you only need 2 milligrams per day of this phytonutrient to help prevent stomach cancer. A cup of peas has at least 10.
3. Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy:
This comes from the high levels of antioxidants, including:
- flavinoids: catechin and epicatechin
- carotenoid: alpha-carotene and beta-carotene
- phenolic acids: ferulic and caffeic acid
- polyphenols: coumestrol
4. Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and candida:
These come from peas’ strong anti-inflammatory properties. Excess inflammation has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, and aging in general. These properties include:
- Pisumsaponins I and II and pisomosides A and B (anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found almost exclusively in peas)
- Vitamin C and vitamin E, and a good amount of the antioxidant mineral zinc
- Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
5. Blood sugar regulation:
Peas’ high fiber and protein slows down how fast sugars are digested.
Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents prevent or reverse insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)
All peas’ carbohydrates are natural sugars and starches with no white sugars or chemicals to worry about.
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