Peas have existed for the last 5000 years. It is one of the most popular and widespread food items at almost all places in the world. Did you know that this vegetable is technically a fruit? Canada is the largest producer of and exporter of peas in the world. India is both a major producer of and the largest importer of peas in the world. This is because of the immense popularity of this food in this country. Peas are consumed in fresh, canned or frozen forms. Fresh ones have the maximum nutritional content. The food item is available and consumed all through the year.
We look at some of the health benefits of this food.
- Helps in Weight Loss
This food is low in fat as well as calories. A cup of peas contains less than 100 calories but has large quantities of protein and fibre which results in a feeling of fullness in the stomach. Consequently, there are less hunger pangs and decreased food and calorie intake.
- Prevents stomach cancer
This food contains a phytonutrient termed coumestrol which helps in preventing stomach cancer even in lower doses. A single cup of peas has more than enough amount of coumestrol.
- Excellent for the heart
This food item is high in lutein as well as fibre. Lutein functions as an antioxidant shielding the cells from oxidation. Folk who consume more lutein have been found to have lower occurrence of atherosclerosis. Fibre and lutein enhance heart health by decreasing cholesterol and blocking the plaque build-up along the walls of the arteries.
- Alleviates constipation
Sufferers of constipation should eat fibre rich foods for smooth bowel movements. This food is loaded with fibre as well as enhances the metabolism of the body.
- Works against depression
Fresh peas are a rich source of folate. A recent scientific study discovered that folate was effective in decreasing depression. Add this food item to your dishes instead of consuming anti-depressants which have unpleasant side effects.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this food in your diet, please share them with us so that others may benefit.