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Pack Your Lunch with Peas for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

More than likely, people never think about packing a lunch with anything other than the standard foods.  These days, that may be some kind of pre-packaged product that can be eaten with the provided crackers, bread, etc.  Of course, a lot of people still prefer a dine-in meal while others go for fast foods. Either way, most people could easily improve what they eat with a few simple changes.  It is not that I am advocating carrying a can of peas, but including them in meals on a regular basis may actually do some pretty good things. At the price of peas, it might be pretty hard to find a more economical food to add to that diet.

They Have a Lot of Fiber

Most people know that fiber has some important jobs in maintaining health.  One of the biggest is to keep food moving through the system. Constipation is a problem for many people.  If people are unable to deal with it effectively, the results may be bad. Digestive problems seem to be responsible for plenty of other health problems that are more serious.  

They Are High in Protein

While many people use meat as their source of protein, peas contain quite a bit.  For those wanting less fat in a protein source, peas can do a good job of taking a place on the menu.  They are low in calories, having only 100 per cup. They can help people feel full longer. As a protein source, they may be able to be part of a leaner diet.  They may be much more heart healthy than any other high protein foods.

They May Boost Immunities and Delay Aging

Peas contain some good antioxidants.  These are commonly known to beef up the immune system.  They also seem to keep the skin healthier and help maintain better mental function.  If you don’t like peas, you may not have eaten them the right way. I enjoy them right out of a can, but many people like them in casseroles, salads, or several other various kinds of dishes.  The biggest issue is often stepping up and giving them a try. Eat them warm or cold, with a little seasoning or butter; including them in your diet can be a simple way to improve health.

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

 

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