Include Green Peas in your diet for many reasons!

In Food Section by Smriti Kochar1 Comment

Green peas belong to the legume plant family. While they are a staple in Indian households, many of you might not know the following about them.

  • They are a rich source of plant-based protein (100 gms of peas contain 5.45 gms of protein) and equal amount of fiber, which helps clean the digestive system.
  • They’re rich in B-vitamins, especially folate, and in many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. They have 36 micrograms of vitamin K which is needed for blood coagulation.
  • Peas are packed with disease-fighting compounds, including a polyphenol called coumestrol. Other phytonutrients in peas include saponins, phenolic acids and flavanols, all of which are powerful antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits on our body.
  • Having peas sprouted, gives us even more concentrated nutrition, and has an alkalinizing effect on our body.
  • Pea protein powder is another form of concentrated protein you can use in your shakes and smoothies. Just ensure that the brand you choose, uses organically grown peas only.

When shopping or harvesting green peas, it’s better to choose the smaller ones, as they tend to be sweeter. The chopped pods can be used as an addition to green salads or gently heated stir-fries. The small round peas also make a great soup (make them into a smooth green pea puree).

How to Store Them

Peas have a high amount of natural sugar in them which can convert quickly to starch if they are not refrigerated. If you won’t be using fresh green peas when you buy them, they should be refrigerated as quickly as possible to preserve their sugar content and prevent them from being converted into starch.

It is also a great idea to buy fresh peas and freeze them immediately for use in off seasons. The frozen peas you get in the market might not be the best quality peas and lose a lot of nutritional value if they are not frozen immediately after harvesting. If you buy fresh produce and freeze immediately, the nutritional content is much higher!

What to watch out for

The proteins in the peas may not work for some people and they may experience digestive issues after consuming peas. If you get any discomforts after eating peas, pls don’t consume them at all. Always be in tune with what your body tells you!

Disclaimer – Before making any changes to your diet, pls consult your doctor for an opinion, especially if you have any medical issues or if you are pregnant.

 

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