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Eat Your Peas for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Many people likely heard their mother tell them to eat their peas.  That is one of those regular phrases that is almost universally heard.  It may be one that their mother heard before her and it just stuck. It may also be because their mother knew that they simply needed variety in their diet.  In the case of my kids, some of them simply didn’t like green things to eat. My mother used to make pea salad quite often. I would never eat it. I just couldn't stomach the idea of it.  Once I tried it, I found out it wasn’t so bad. In fact, it is one of those things I actually came to enjoy. Peas can actually add something to a diet that can have a good impact on health.

They May Help in Weight Loss

Since peas are high in fiber, they can give people a feeling of being full for a longer period of time.  This can stave off feelings of hunger or cravings that often lead to overeating. They are also high in protein and low in calories.  This makes them a great choice for those who are trying to reduce their calorie intake. It can be a good tool for starting a simple diet as they get their body accustomed to fewer calories.

They May Lessen the Risk of Cancer

Studies have shown that peas can be a vital part of a healthy diet, particularly one that lowers cancer risks.  The higher protein can help to substitute for many of the meats that tend to contribute to so many digestive problems that lead to cancers.  They are also higher in antioxidants that can play such a vital part in preventing many kinds of cancers.

They May Serve as a Help Against Celiac Disease

It seems that celiac disease has become an increasingly common thing in the country.  I am not sure whether it is because there is more of it or simply more diagnoses of it.  Either way, it seems to affect quite a few people as they find themselves in need of avoiding certain foods, especially wheat products.  Peas can be an important part of a celiac-friendly diet. They can be a food that may be included on a good menu on a regular basis. If you haven’t had peas on your menu in a while, give it a little thought.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.


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