Green peas are a well-known food, included in many meals. Recently, as The World’s Healthiest Foods notes, we are learning that green peas have a host of health benefits, including the ability to combat cancer.

Green peas pack a lot of nutrients into a small space. One of these nutrients, called coumestrol, has potential for fighting stomach cancer. According to a study from Mexico, consuming at least 2 milligrams of coumestrol can help lower your risk of gastric cancer. The World’s Healthiest Foods says that one cup of green peas contains 10 milligrams of coumestrol, which more than meets the recommended minimal requirement.  

Other nutrients in green peas include:

  • Vitamin K
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin B1
  • Fiber
  • Copper
  • Vitamin C
  • Phosphorous
  • Folate

There is even lutein and zeaxanthin in green peas. These carotenoid phytonutrients can help keep your eyes healthy. Another benefit of green peas is that they are a very low-fat food, and contain omega-3 fats. Omega-3s are important for maintaining heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease.

Green peas are also healthy for the planet. Research shows that they are what’s called a “nitrogen fixing” crop that can remove nitrogen from the air and into the soil. This means that farmers do not need more fertilizer to maintain the crop. Peas have shallow roots and can maintain soil, and the plants break down easily at the end of its lifespan.

The World’s Healthiest Foods recommends that you buy green peas that are either fresh or frozen, as both will maintain the nutrients far better than green peas that are canned. Do not select peas that appear very light or dark in color, or that look yellow, gray, or white. Green peas should be a medium green.

Green peas should be rinsed before eating, and can be consumed raw or cooked. It is recommended that peas be sauteed in a pan.

Want to know more about green peas?

Read the full article here: Green Peas are Our Food of the Week.