5 reasons peas will boost your health (plus 4 pea recipes)

I’ve already picked some snap peas from my garden, and look forward to harvesting more. But I must confess, they never make it inside – I eat these sweet suckers straight from the stem, shell and all. They’re irresistible!

It’s a good thing the taste so darn good, because they’re also incredibly good for you. Read on for 5 reasons why you should add peas to your diet.

Precious peas are simply delish!

Precious peas are simply delish!

5 reasons why peas are good for you
1. Peas contain phytonutrients – natural properties found in fruits and veggies that help boost health. Some studies show that including peas in your diet along with other legumes on a daily basis can help lower your risk of stomach cancer.

2. These above-mentioned phytonutrients will also provide you with a good dose of antioxidants.

3. Oh, and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. And, a phytonutrient thought to be present mainly in green peas (called Pisum) may help lower your risk of type-2 diabetes.

5. Peas are high in vitamin K, helping with blood clotting, protecting the bones and fighting off liver and prostate cancer.

Did you know
• Peas are a legume
• Canada grows over 3 million tons of peas each year
• Canada is the largest producer and exporter of peas in the world
• India is the largest importer of peas
• One serving of peas contain more vitamin C than two apples

(Fun facts from whfoods.com)

4 ways to enjoy peas
Three-Pea Salad
Shrimp and Pea Risotto
Pea and Arugula Soup
Sauteed Peas with Mushrooms & Green Onions (from Seasonal Ontario Food)