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The many health benefits of eating green peas

  • There are so many health benefits of eating green peas. Green peas are a favorite amongst kids and adults alike, because of their sweet taste. Please try to buy organic ones.
  • They are a healthy source of protein as they are part of the legumes family.
  • Let’s take a look at the many health benefits of eating green peas.
  • Excellent source of fiber:
  • According to Self Nutrition Data, one cup of organic green peas contains 8.8g of dietary fiber, which is 35 percent of the recommend daily value.
  • Dietary fiber has shown many potent benefits, including normalizing bowel movements, lowering cholesterol, maintaining overall bowel health, regulating blood sugar, and aiding in weight loss.
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits:
  • They are an excellent source of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, which help protect against major diseases and also provide anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Good source of protein:
  • Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies.
  • These proteins are always in the process of being broken down and replaced. The proteins that we get from our diet are converted to amino acids and are used to replace the proteins in our body.
  • One cup of organic green peas contains 8.6g of protein, which is 17 percent of the recommended daily value.
  • Heart health:
  • Legumes such as organic peas have shown benefits in lowering high LDL cholesterol, which according to the American Heart Association is “one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”
  • Organic green peas are also rich in folate with 101mcg per cup, which according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in women.
  • Lower blood pressure:
  • The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet highly recommends 3-5 servings of legumes including organic green peas to help control high blood pressure. An example of one serving of organic peas is about 1/2 a cup, cooked.
  • Lowers cholesterol:
  • Eating one serving a day of chickpeas, green peas, beans or lentils can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Stomach cancer prevention:
  • A study based in Mexico City shows that the polyphenols found in organic green peas and other beans have shown the ability to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer.
  • Please make sure to include organic foods in our diet as much as you can.
  • Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.
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