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Amazing Health Benefits of Green Peas

By Lana Bandoim

Green peas rarely get the respect they deserve. Whether they are shoved aside on plates or thrown away after dinner, people avoid eating them. However, green peas have many health benefits. The next time they are on your plate, consider giving them a chance.

Nutritional Value

There is a good reason why parents encourage kids to eat more green peas. They have many essential vitamins and minerals that the body requires. Green peas are not high in calories, but they have protein. Compared to other vegetables such as carrots, peas have higher levels of protein.

In addition, peas are a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, iron, folate, thiamin, Vitamin C and manganese. They also have a high level of Vitamin K.

Blood Sugar Control

One of the health benefits of green peas is blood sugar control. This is important for people with diabetes, but it also affects those who do not have this disease. Spikes in blood sugar levels can affect your energy, memory and other parts of the body. Green peas have a low glycemic index, so blood sugar does not increase dramatically after eating them.

In addition, the fiber and protein naturally found in peas helps control blood sugar levels. Protein and fiber can affect how quickly carbohydrates are absorbed in the body. They also help people feel full and avoid overeating.

High Blood Pressure Prevention

The nutrients in green peas may prevent high blood pressure. The magnesium, potassium and other minerals in peas are good for the heart. Studies show that people with low levels of these minerals are more likely to have high blood pressure. In addition, green peas have antioxidants that can prevent cell damage that can lead to high blood pressure.  

Better Digestion

Eating green peas may improve digestion because they contain a large amount of fiber. Most people do not get enough fiber in their diets, and this has a negative impact on their digestive system. Fiber is necessary for the intestines and keeps them healthy. The good bacteria in the gut uses the fiber as a source of food. Peas have insoluble fiber that can act as a bulking agent in the body to move food along, so it is digested easier.

When peas are part of lunch or dinner, consider it a blessing. Instead of pushing away the peas on the plate, try eating them. The nutrients in peas can improve your health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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