The pea is a small spherical seed or the seed-pod of the pod fruit. Each pod contains several peas. Peapods are in biologically a fruit, since they contain seeds developed from the ovary of a flower. However, peas are considered to be a vegetable for culinary reasons.
Peas are poor in fat but thankfully, are rich in all other nutrients. For instance, one cup of peas contains less than 100 calories but plenty of protein, fiber and micronutrients.
2. Fights Stomach cancer
Due to the presence of a health –protective polyphenol known as coumestrol, peas prevent stomach cancer. In a research done, one only needs 2 milligrams of peas per day out of a cup which contains not less than 10 milligrams of the phytonutrient.
Peas Prevents aging, boosts immune system, and gives off high energy due to abundance of anti-oxidants such as flavonoids, catechin and epicatechin, carotenoid, beta-carotene, coumestrol among others.
Peas prevent wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis, osteoporosis and Candida due to pisumsaponins 1 and 11 and pisomoside A and B, which are anti-phytonutrients useful in preventing inflammation. Excessive inflammation has been associated with conditions such as heart diseases, cancer and aging. The Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important anti-oxidants of zinc mineral. It goes without saying that omega-3 fat or alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an equally powerful anti-oxidant which also has anti-inflammation properties.
5. Blood Sugar Control
Peas’ contain lots of fiber and protein which assist in slowing down the rate at which sugar is broken down and digested in the body. Peas contain anti-inflammatory agents which prevent diabetes type 2. Peas contain natural sugars and do not contain white sugars or chemicals in them.