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10 Health Benefits of Peas

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6. Heart disease prevention:

The many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in peas support healthy blood vessels. The formation of plaque along our blood vessel walls starts with chronic, excessive oxidative stress and inflammation.

The generous amounts of vitamin B1 and folate, B2, B3, and B6 reduce homocysteine levels, which are a risk factor for heart disease.

7. Healthy for the environment:

  • Peas work with bacteria in the soil to ‘fix’ nitrogen from the air and deposit it in the soil. This reduces the need for artificial fertilizers since one of their main ingredients is nitrogen.
  • After peas have been harvested, the remaining plant easily breaks down to create more organic fertilizer for the soil.
  • Peas are also able to grow on minimal moisture, so they are a perfect crop in many areas due to not needing irrigation or using up valuable water supplies.

8. Prevent constipation:

The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and peristalsis.

9. Healthy bones

Just one cup of peas contains 44% of your Vitamin K, which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. Its B vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.

10. Reduces bad cholesterol:

The niacin in peas helps reduce the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein), which results in in less bad cholesterol, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.

 

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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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