Sneaky Meat-Free Proteins #6: Green Peas

If you've never have proper green pea soup, by Jove, you've never lived! Green peas are more than just that annoying thing you pick out of your shepherd's pie, but they're one of the best non-meat sources of protein around. With 8 grams of protein per cup of peas, you get a lot of protein mixed in with your dietary fiber.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: delmonte.ph[/caption] Check out the awesome health benefits of these peas: Reduce risk of stomach cancer -- According to a study done in Mexico City, eating green peas and other legumes can fight stomach cancer. Provide antioxidants -- Green peas are loaded with phytonutrients, saponins, and other antioxidants, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Control blood sugar -- The dietary fiber in green peas are EXCELLENT for controlling your blood sugar, preventing insulin resistance and blood sugar spikes. Boost heart health -- Once again, fiber plays a huge role in the health of your heart, fighting high cholesterol, clearing plaque, improving blood vessel health, and more. Next time you find these peas in your food, DON'T pick them out!
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Resources: http://greatist.com/health/unexpected-sources-protein , http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=55

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