Black-eyed peas are not only an American band. It is actually a pale-colored legume you may purchase from a local store. The legume is said to be cultured from Africa because of its drought-resistant characteristic. Then somewhere in history, it traveled West and reached the Asian region and eventually the whole world. Since then, it has become a staple food ingredient for all sorts of dishes in the world. Some of us may be familiar about it and how its flavor has been heartily used to create amazing dishes but exactly are its health benefits?
1. Good in Red Blood Cell Development
If you have anemia (low red blood cells count), your doctor might have told you to include vegetables in your diet. Vegetables especially beans and legumes have high iron content, to begin with. Iron is an essential element of your red blood cells (iron makes your red blood cells, red). The deficiency of iron in our body may result in low blood or anemia. Black-eyed peas contain copper and iron minerals. The presence of both makes the legume ruthless in red blood cells creation.
2. Low Glycemic Index
if you are the kind of person who is prone to sugar and insulin spike ups, black-eyed peas may be of good help to you. Black-eyed peas do not worsen high-sugar derived ailments and may even improve it. It has a low glycemic index content of 38 compared to the usual high-glucose derived carbohydrates (carbs) like white rice and white bread. These peas do not deprive you thought of carbs, the complex carbohydrates it has helps you get your daily dose of carb intake for energy production.
3. Has a Valuable Amount of Dietary Fiber
Dietary fiber is needed by our body to smooth out our bowel movement. It is the reason why our stools are soft and nice for easy elimination. The recommended amount of dietary intake for men is 38 grams and for women, 25 grams per day. If constipation bothers you, you might want to shift your diet into vegetables and bean-like dishes. Black-eyed peas are one of the legume family to have a generous amount of dietary fiber. 1 cup of its serving can give you at least 12 grams of dietary fiber.
4. Good for Pregnant Mommies
Black-eyed peas contain an impressive amount of Vitamin B and so is folate (Folate is the synthetic form of folic acid which is great for developing babies). Vitamin B and folate is important in the cell division of fetus. It prevents unwanted cell aberration like cleft lip/palate, missing toe and so on and so forth. More impressively, Vitamin B and folate helps prevent 70 percent of neural tube defects. The neural tube is important since it includes the baby’s brain, spinal cord, and spine. A little mess up in the formation of the neural tube has a massive consequence in the overall physiology development. Folate does not only help the baby. It also helps mothers to increase their red blood cell production, preventing anemia during pregnancy.
5. Black-Eyed Peas is Good for the Nervous System
At most, the nervous system may be one of the most neglected system in our body due to its resiliency and pliancy. However, with a slight defect and abuse, your nervous system may dramatically crumble. It will leave you with a hefty load of medical debt and headache. To prevent this from the possibility of happening, try to include to your diet, food that might help in improving it. Black-eyed peas as mentioned has a valuable amount of folate. 1 cup of black-eyed peas may be enough to augment the much-needed folate value in your body.
Folate is such an important player in building a better functioning nervous system. it regulates the amino acids your nervous system requires to live day by day. Folate also regulates the decrease and increase in the number of homocysteine levels. The regulation of homocysteine is a key player in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (neurodegenerative diseases).
A cup of black-eyed peas may also give you a sufficient amount of thiamin. Thiamin is known to regulate basic functions of the nervous system like memory and motor movements. It may also help alleviate stress. It keeps you calm, patient, and more in control of your feelings (mood swings) in a day.
6. Black-Eyed Pea is a Good Source of Protein
Vegans like including black-eyed peas in their daily diet because it augments the protein they need that are usually just found in animal meat. Vegans are religious vegetable (phyto-induced) eaters and deliberately exclude meat in their dietary plan. However, our body still needs its usual amount of protein in order to flourish. Being protein deficient is literally saying goodbye to strong hair, nails, and skin. To augment this, vegans like to include legumes with high protein content. It so happens that black-eyed peas have that.
7. Good Potassium Content
Potassium may also be found black-eyed peas not only in Bananas. Yes, you heard that right. A half cup of these peas will give you enough amounts of potassium to go the whole day. Potassium helps strengthen your muscles and their capacity to hold water weight. Potassium also helps in high blood pressure and prevents numerous heat diseases.
Beans, in general, are bad if you want to eliminate frequent gassy outros. Beans are not equally created the same by mother nature, so it is best to research first their specific side effects. It is best to shy away from black-eyed peas if your stomach has the reputation to get crampy and let out smelly gas. Enough gram dosage for the body is fine but going overboard on the necessary limit might not be a good idea.
Legumes stored in tin or plastic cans may contain BPA (bisphenol A). BPA is used by companies to create containers for shelf life longevity and is usually blamed for cancer. Avoid these tin canned stored legumes and opt for raw and natural beans which can be found in your local supermarkets.