They prevent colon cancer, help keep the heart healthy and regulate the proper levels of blood sugar. Fresh peas are pure green gold. And, in addition, they are indicated in slimming diets…
Throughout the year, we can consume them canned or deep-frozen, but nothing is comparable to the delicate flavor of freshly picked peas.
And if this organoleptic ode is not enough to convince you of its virtues, perhaps its properties are: the pea improves cardiovascular health and helps control sugar levels, as, like other legumes, it gradually pours glucose into the bloodstream.
Ideal for weight loss
Its anti-glycemic properties make it suitable for diabetic people, and also for children and athletes, as well as for those who are doing slimming diets, because when dosing glucose, our body has a feeling of satiety for longer. And its fiber also helps clean the intestinal walls of carcinogenic substances.
When you buy them, choose young and small, they are more tender and rich in protein and vitamins. The ideal is that you consume them immediately after buying them, prepared in salad or with boiled cereals. If you cook them, it is better to steam them or cook them with little liquid to prevent their vitamins from boiling.
Peas can also be eaten dry. In that case, their caloric content is much higher, but they also have more proteins, fibers and minerals. However, they have less vitamin C than tender ones. Despite their proven benefits, peas have a but: are somewhat indigestible and cause flatulence to be rich in complex sugars that are assimilated with some difficulty.
Water, hydrates, vitamins and very little fat
Fresh peas are water and carbohydrates. One hundred grams provide 78 of water, 11.3 of hydrates, 0.4 of fat, and only 90.7 kilocalories, so they can be included in slimming diets. It is one of the fresh vegetables with more protein (seven grams per hundred), fiber and a large amount of vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, carotenes and folic acid.
But hey, that is not all! Here are six amazing health benefits of the peas:
1. They are healthy cardios
They have vaso-dilating properties and their soluble fibers drag fat and cholesterol from the arteries. In addition, its high concentrations of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fibers, lecithin, genistein and acids (malic, oleic and linoleic) move away cardiovascular diseases.
2. They prevent colon cancer
Its insoluble fibers favor intestinal peristalsis, prevent constipation and clean the walls of the intestine of potentially carcinogenic substances.
3. They regulate the glucose levels
By gradually pouring glucose into the blood, they help control sugar levels. Therefore, the dependence of insulin in diabetes decreases. They enjoy anti-glycemic components such as vitamin C, salicylic and nicotinic acids, chromium and manganese, pectin, niacin and tryptophan.
4. They repair the body tissues
Peas are rich in the vegetable protein that contributes to cell development and renewal-and in magnesium, necessary for protein synthesis, which protects body tissues and delays cellular aging.
5. They combat the osteoporosis and the anemia
They contain iron – adequate to prevent anemia -, as well as calcium and phosphorus, good for the formation of bones and to avoid osteoporosis.
6. They protect the nervous system
They are rich in B vitamins, such as thiamine, which provides the nervous system with the glucose it needs to nourish, or niacin. They provide folic acid, which combats depression and bad mood.
Recipe: Pea cream with mint and basil
You will need:
- 250 gr. fresh or frozen peas
- 1/2 bunch of basil
- 1/2 bunch of mint
- 2 slices of bread to make some crusts
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 chile
Pour the peas in a pan with boiling water along with the mint leaves and basil. Add salt and let it cook for five minutes.
Remove half of the cooking water, pass the rest through the blender and save it.
In a pan with a little oil toast a few crusts of bread until crispy.
Add the cream to some bowls and accompany it with the croutons of toasted bread and a drizzle of olive oil.
You can decorate the dish by adding a few leaves of oregano and basil, and, if you wish, with chopped chili.