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The Power of Peas

Peas have a very impressive nutritional profile. They offer almost every vitamin and mineral you need, including vitamins A, K, C, iron, zinc and manganese. The plentiful antioxidants in peas contribute to improved digestion, and they can help prevent stomach cancer. The high fiber content can lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. When people think of protein, they often forget about peas. However, in reality, peas are an excellent source of protein, too!


         Protein takes the body longer to digest, so it can help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Eating a high protein diet can lead to consuming fewer calories in a day, and thus help with weight loss. Nutritionists support that peas have numerous benefits, including aiding in weight loss, due to their high dietary fiber content. Peas are a complete source protein except that they are low in one amino acid – methionine. But, as long as peas are not your only source of protein throughout the day, this should not be an issue because many other foods contain abundant methionine, such as oats and nuts. 


         Pea protein powder is made from drying and grinding peas into flour. Then, the starch is removed to leave a fine powdery mixture of protein, vitamins and minerals, called pea protein isolate. Pea protein works with nearly any special diet – vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc. It is allergy-friendly, meaning it doesn’t contain the most common allergens, such as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, or soy. Pea protein isolate is easily digested and can be added to smoothies, mixed into oatmeal, or used in baking. You can find pea protein powder at the grocery store, or you can order it online if you want to give it try.


So, next time you find yourself wondering how to supplement your nutrition with more protein, don’t underestimate the power of peas!




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