Peas are actually powerhouses of nutrition and gives maximum benefits to our health and the Universe as well. Peas are low-fat foods but high in Vitamins, Nutrients. A peas can categorized as high fiber foods, lots of protein and micronutrients but low in calories.
Selection and Store of Peas
Only about 5% of the healthy foods like peas that grown are sold in fresh; the remaining would either freeze or canned. While deciding between freezing and canned green peas, following tips may help you.
- Frozen peas preserve their color, texture, and flavor, better than canned peas. Recent study reveals that green peas doesn’t lose their Nutrient values even after freezing over a period of 1 to 3 months.
- Both canned and frozen peas include quite high sodium levels. Something similar, like 650-800 milligrams of sodium in one cup of canned green peas.
- Frozen or canned peas never possess a limitless shelf life. However, based on overall research findings on nutrients values of frozen peas during storage, it gives better values if consumed frozen peas within 6-12 months from the date of packing. (In case non availability of packing dates, just “use” that 50% sooner of date.)
Overall, it is recommended to go for fresh peas whenever possible rather than selection of frozen or canned peas and avoid the convenience of frozen over fresh. Frozen peas retain their color and texture and nutritional content better than canned peas, but of course fresh are even better
Let us have a look on the amazing benefits of this wonderful nature’s gift over human being.
Anti-aging, strong immune system and high energy
Peas contain high amounts of a health-protective polyphenol called coumestrol. According to study we need just 2 milligrams phytonutrient every day to prevent stomach cancer. While A cup of peas contains at least 10 mg.
Fresh green peas contain sufficient quantity of Antioxidants Flavonoids such as Carotenes, Lutein and Zea-xanthin and Vitamin A as well (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is the nutrient required for maintaining health of mucus membranes, skin and eye-sight. Further, consumption of natural flavonoids will protect the Lungs from oral cavity and cancers. Making peas as element in Healthy diet will meet the required amount of Vitamins and minerals.
In addition to Antioxidants, peas also contain other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.
Peas are rich in Antioxidant like Vitamin C and vitamin E, and a good amount of mineral Zinc, Omega-3 fatty Acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Controls Blood Sugar Levels:
Having rich in fiber and protein Peas’ slows down the process of sugars digestion.
Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents prevent or reverse insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)
All peas’ carbohydrates are of natural sugars and starches with no white sugars or chemicals so not to worry about diabetes.
We can get 7 grams of dietary fiber from 1 cup of peas. Insoluble fiber keeps the digestive tract healthy by moving food and wastes through bowl system. Soluble fiber reduces the levels of cholesterol and keeps blood sugar under control by slowing the absorption of food during digestion. Long-term control of blood sugar level is also improved by intake of green peas. So make a habit of having healthy snacks of green peas with carrot or beet in the evening.
The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and Prevent constipation.
Prevents Heart disease
The formation of plaque along our blood vessel walls starts with chronic, excessive oxidative stress and inflammation. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements in peas prevent this inflammation and keeps Blood vessels free from Oxidation.
The generous amounts of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and folate, reduce the homocysteine levels, which associated with the risk of heart disease.
Just 100gms of peas contains 44% of Vitamin K, which helps to secure calcium inside the bones. Vitamin B in peas also helps to prevent osteoporosis, so add these wonderful green nuts in healthy salads with your diet.
(A medical condition in which the bones become breakable and delicate from loss of tissue, typically this happens due to hormonal changes, deficiency of calcium and minerals in the bone)
Reduces bad cholesterol:
The niacin in peas helps reduce the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein), which outcome in reduced bad cholesterol, and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.
Peas contain a compound called purines (which forms uric acid on oxidation). People with problems like kidney disorder or gout should not consume green peas. (This is NOT the problem for anyone else.)