Peas: Green Balls of Goodness

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Peas, those little green balls that always seem to roll right off your fork; that bit of green that you find on most cheap restaurant meals… peas, they are not just there to make you gag, they are actually little balls of goodness. Don’t believe me? Read on…

1. Helps manage weight:

Peas are low-fat, and are loaded with fiber, protein and micro nutrients. One cup contains less than 100 calories.

2. Builds a stronger immune system.

3. Peas are a high energy food source.

4. Anti-aging – due to high levels of antioxidants:
flavinoids

carotenoid
phenolic acids
polyphenols

5. Helps prevents wrinkles, candida, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, bronchitis and arthritis:

Peas are a very strong anti-inflammatory, this helps with heart disease, some cancers and aging.

6. May prevent stomach cancer:

Coumestrol, a protective polyphenol in peas helps to prevent stomach cancer. A cup of peas contains 10 milligrams of coumestrol; only 2 milligrams are needed to help fight off cancer.

7. May prevent heart disease:

Peas contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help our blood vessels flow smoothly. Plague builds up on the vessel walls. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6, as well as folate – all found in abundance in peas – help reduce homocysteine levels, thus lowing the risk for heart disease.

8. Makes bones strong and healthy:

One cup of peas will give you a full 44% of your vitamin K for the day. Vitamin K binding to calcium and all the B vitamins combine to also help prevent osteoporosis.

9. Regulates blood sugar:

Peas are high in protein and fiber which slow down the rate of sugars being digested. Peas may prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes due to the fact that peas contain no white sugars or chemicals.

10. Helps prevent constipation:

Peas are high in fiber, and we all know that fiber is needed for proper bowel health.

11. Lowers levels of bad cholesterol:

Niacin (peas are loaded) slows the production of triglycerides, resulting in less bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol.

12. Healthy for our environment:

Working with bacteria in soil, peas help to pluck nitrogen from the air and drop it in the soil. After harvesting, pea plants break down and create a wonderful organic fertilizer. They also grow with little water, so are perfect for places with drought or other water problems.

The lowly little green pea. Who knew it had so much going for it?

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