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Peas, One of the Best & Healthiest Foods

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Peas, One of the Best & Healthiest Foods

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Peas are one the worlds oldest crops. Peas have been consumed in dry form throughout much of early history, but did not become popular as a fresh food until changes in the 16th century.

Split yellow peas belong to the same family as lentils and are highly nutritious and high in both protein and fiber. A half cup of split peas is 110 calories, 10 grams of protein and less than one gram of fat and 12 grams of dietary fiber. A lot of veggies are low in protein, so peas makes an excellent source of protein, especially for growing children, vegetarians and vegans.

Peas provide all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair of the daily wear and tear of our body tissues as well as all three branched chain amino acids which are utilized for energy and for muscle building. Peas are a known source of tryptophan, an important amino acid used by the body to make neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which helps regulate appetite and improves mood.

Soluble fiber in peas offers numerous health benefits, including delaying the emptying of the stomach contents and enhancing the feeling fullness which prevents hunger and aids with weight management, Soluble fiber also helps reduce blood lipids such LDL cholesterol. Soluble fiber also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

The insoluble fiber in peas are really healthy, traveling through the digestive system intact and also helping to prevent constipation and to promote regularity. Split peas also are good source for minerals such molybdenum and manganese, which are involved in important metabolic reactions in the body.

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