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10 Health Benefits of Peas

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10 Health Benefits of Peas

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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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:15AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Good to know, thanks.Love eating peas straight from the pod.

11:21PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

I ate a bag of peas straight from the pods last night, delicious.

9:23AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Peas are really delicious and healthy and add nice pops of color to any meal.

8:58AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

It's great to know peas have so many health benefits. I've been on a, sweet pea eating jag for about a week!

6:20PM PDT on Apr 27, 2014

Peas are good, flavourful, colourful and I always mind my peas and quinoa.

8:56PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Oh no, spam city!

Peas are marvellous and flavourful!

11:05AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I love peas, thanks!

7:15AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

I have tried peas again and again and just hate them. It's too bad. Although, I have found that I can eat baby peas still in the pod. Hopefully they still have all that nutritional value...

7:55PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Great post--thanks.

10:17AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

good to know

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