Pass the Peas, Please!
Insight on the Powerful Nutrition in Green Peas
As a source of vitamin K, manganese, thiamin, copper, vitamin C, phosphorous, and folate, green peas offer a remarkable nutrition profile. They’re the number-two food ingredient in Liquid Hope and – together with Liquid Hope’s other powerful ingredients – work synergistically to help support good health.
So why else are peas so good for you? In today’s blog, we share five of the lesser known reasons why you should include more green peas and products with green peas (like Liquid Hope!) in your diet and provide information on the benefits of green peas using Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Thanks to their high fiber content (one cup provides 8 grams!), green peas may help with reducing the body’s glycemic response. This means that green peas may have a role in managing conditions like diabetes.
Gastrointestinal function (i.e. the work of your digestive system) may be improved with the addition of peas. One study by Dahl et al. demonstrated that adding just 4 grams of fiber from pea hulls per day resulted in a significant increase in bowel movement frequency…especially in those who started the study with a low bowl movement frequency.
Green peas offer a myriad of potent antioxidants. One of its powerful antioxidants includes coumestrol, a polyphenol that may lower your risk of stomach cancer.
Green peas contain healthy saponins, which may interfere with the reabsorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract and enable better heart health. These saponins may also prevent the growth of cancer cells.
Phenolic acids and flavanols in the green peas provide additional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.
Robin Gentry McGee adds, "In the Western diet, foods are evaluated for proteins, calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, and other nutritional contents which seems to be what most dietitians in America are taught to look at first and foremost. However, in the traditional Chinese diet -- which in our opinion is the very foundation for the model of food as medicine that we work from in developing our formulas -- one looks for not only vitamins and minerals, but also the energetic properties of food. It is important to know about the energies of food because different energies act upon the human body in different ways and affect our state of health. For instance, if a person suffers from arthritis and the pain is particularly severe on cold winter day, eating the correct foods with a warm or hot energy shall relieve the pain considerably."
"In development of Liquid Hope, the concept was simple -- to create a formula that would not only rebuild deficient conditions, but to also use a multitude of ingredients that support various systems of the body and offer foods that protect the integrity of the digestive tract and are easy to digest," says Robin Gentry McGee. "Why do we love peas?" she asks, "According to Traditional Chinese Medicine they:
Tonify the spleen, pancreas, and stomach
Reduce the effect of an overworked, excessive liver
Reduce vomiting, hiccups, belching, and coughing
Are helpful for constipation (they moisten the bowels)
Green peas aren’t just some starchy vegetable we should dismiss and refrain from consuming. Rather, as described here, green peas provide excellent nutritional and antioxidant benefits and are loved in Traditional Chinese Medicine, too, so they’re included in Liquid Hope just for you!
US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27. Version Current: August 2014. Internet: http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl Wendy J. Dahl, Lauren M. Foster and Robert T. Tyler (2012). Review of the health benefits of peas (Pisum sativum L.). British Journal of Nutrition, 108, pp S3-S10. doi:10.1017/S0007114512000852.
Since they contain copious amounts of vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, fiber, thiamin, vitamin A, and folate, green peas offer a remarkable nutrition profile. But besides the vitamins and minerals offered in green peas, there are plenty of reasons to include more into your diet. Research notes that green peas offer powerful cancer protection, contain potent anti-inflammatory benefits, enable better blood sugar regulation, and serve as a heart-healthy carbohydrate choice. Here’s why they’re included in Liquid Hope.
POWERFUL CANCER PROTECTION
Green peas contain coumestrol, a special phytonutrient that may provide protection against stomach cancer. According to a study in Mexico City by Hernandez-Ramirez et. al, when food frequency questionnaires were given to 248 patients diagnosed with gastric cancer and 478 healthy controls, it was demonstrated that the control group consumed significantly more coumestrol, as well as other polyphenols like cinnamic acid, secoisolariciresinol, as compared to the patients diagnosed with gastric cancer.
A variety of phytochemicals, including phenolic acids like ferulic acid and caffeic acid, as well as pisumsaponins I and II and pisomosides A and B, are present in green peas. These phytochemicals lend antioxidant activity and may help protect against chronic diseases like cancer and other inflammatory-related conditions.
Because of their healthy amount of fiber, green peas may improve glycemic response as compared to lower fiber foods. In a study by Marinangeli & Jones, both whole yellow pea flour and fractioned yellow pea flour versus white wheat flour significantly reduced fasting insulin concentrations in hypercholesterolemic, overweight women. In addition, there was a marked reduction in insulin resistance by HOMA-IR.
While more research is needed to further investigate the beneficial properties of green peas, one can’t deny the powerful nutrition in these nutrient-packed spheres.
References: Dahl, W. J., Foster, L.M., and R.T. Tyler (2012). "Review of the health benefits of peas (Pisum sativum L.)." British Journal of Nutrition: 108, S3-S10. Hernandez, R. U. et. al (2009). "Dietary Intake of polyphenols, nitrate, nitrite, and gastric cancer risk in Mexico City." Int. J. Cancer: 125, 1424-1430. Marinangeli, C.P.F. and P.J.H. Jones (2011). "Whole and fractionated yellow pea flours reduce fasting insulin and insulin resistance in hypercholesterolaemic and overweight human subjects." British Journal of Nutrition:105, 110-117.