High quality cooking ingredients are very important for every kitchen. When it comes to recipes with leguminous foods, you won’t be disappointed by these canned organic sweet peas. Produced by Libby’s to be strictly natural, organic, pesticide-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, the pea is fully cooked, so it will spare you extra time for preparation. All you have to do is heat it and it’s ready for consumption. Add these high grade peas to stews, casseroles, salads, or eat them straight as a side dish.
Nutrition facts and health benefits of peas
Peas are high in protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins, yet they are low in fat and calories, that means they’re a great addition to a weight-loss diet.
The green legume contains certain antioxidants that promote a strong immune system, slow aging and sustainable energy. The antioxidants found present are: coumestrol (a type of polyphenol), caffeic and ferulic acid (phenolic acids), alpha and beta-carotene (carotenoids), epicatechin and catechin (flavonoids).
The famous seed pod might also help you prevent stomach cancer, thanks to the polyphenol coumestrol. A research conducted in Mexico City concluded that for prevention purposes, an adult needs 2mg of this constituent, and a cup of peas provides nearly 10mg.
Peas may help you regulate your blood sugar. The high fiber and protein content of the legume promote slow sugar digestion. Also, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents reverse or prevent insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). Besides that, all peas’ carbs are starches and natural sugars with no chemicals or white sugar that may cause harm to your constitution.
The strong anti-inflammatory activity of peas coming from compounds such as vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids (primarily alpha-linoleic acid), vitamin E and zinc, is connected to the prevention of heavy diseases, including heart diseases resulting from inflammation. The B vitamins in pea reduce homocysteine levels, and high homocysteine is a risk factor, concerning that matter.
Because a cup of peas delivers 44% of the recommended daily vitamin K intake, this healthy food is good for maintaining good bone health. That’s because vitamin K helps to keep calcium within the bones, while the B vitamins help prevent osteoporosis.
The high fiber content in peas, assists in preventing constipation, as it improves the bowel movement and the peristalsis.
Consuming peas more often may help you lower the bad cholesterol in your body. The niacin in the legume helps lower the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein).