Many people treat peas with great prejudice and try to bypass this vegetable, fearing specific gastric consequences. And absolutely in vain! Avoiding stomach problems after eating peas is not difficult at all. Firstly, do not eat overripe peas – a revolution in the stomach is provoked by coarse skins, which become thicker as the peas “age”. The second way to “make friends” of peas with the digestive system is to soak it for half an hour in water. Then the water should be drained and pea dishes should be cooked in fresh water. This will help you avoid unwanted consequences and provide your body with a fair amount of vitamins, because each pea contains quite a lot of useful substances.
The main wealth of peas is the abundance of B vitamins, which are necessary for the coordinated work of the nervous system, beautiful hair and sound sleep. Therefore, lovers of the “musical” soup are not threatened by either autumn blues or insomnia. Those who want to always remain young and full of energy should also pay tribute to peas. Scientists have found in this vegetable a large amount of antioxidants – substances that slow down aging and protect the body from the adverse effects of the environment. Having learned about this, cosmetologists immediately set about developing special lines of anti-aging cosmetics based on peas. By the way, such cosmetics not only very effectively fights premature wrinkles, but also never causes allergies. Peas are one of the few hypoallergenic vegetables.
Peas owe their ability to quickly cope with hunger to a high content of vegetable protein. The composition of pea protein is close to that of meat. It contains essential amino acids necessary for the “building” of new cells in the body. Therefore, if you are a vegetarian, peas should be a frequent guest on your table.
Those who have heart problems, as well as people suffering from high blood pressure, should also fall in love with peas. Due to the abundance of potassium, this vegetable is able to strengthen the cardiovascular system, and the mild diuretic effect that peas have makes it a natural cure for hypertension.
Even in ancient times, people knew about the ability of peas to increase sexual desire. The legendary Avicenna wrote: “Who does not know the pains of love should look at fresh peas.” And to enhance the effect, dishes from fresh peas were recommended to be supplemented with parsley and green onions. Modern scientists quite agree with the ancient healer. They found substances in peas that enhance the production of sex hormones and recognized peas as a natural aphrodisiac.
There are about 200 varieties of beans. And not all of them can be eaten. Some representatives of this large family are grown exclusively as ornamentals. But there are also enough edible varieties of beans, which can be divided into 2 large groups – cereals and vegetables. The former are distinguished by large seeds and require long cooking. The second ones are cooked together with the pods for only 15-20 minutes. But both are very useful.
Beans contain almost all vitamins known to science. It also contains carotene (needed for vision, immunity and skin health), and ascorbic acid (protects against viruses, bacteria and premature aging), and vitamin K (necessary for normal blood composition), and B vitamins. Beans are rich in iron, potassium, iodine and other valuable trace elements. And if you add to this the ability of beans to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood, the time for cooking beans will not be a pity at all.
But still, the main advantage of beans is substances that reduce blood sugar levels. That is why fans of traditional medicine consider it an excellent tool for the treatment of diabetes. Official medicine recognizes this property of beans, therefore, it also recommends including it more often in the diet of diabetics.
In terms of their vitamin composition and beneficial properties, beans are close to their relatives – beans and peas. One of the few differences is that beans have a higher fiber content than their “relatives”. This is what makes beans a rather heavy food. That is why beans are not recommended for people who have stomach problems. But everyone else can eat bean dishes without any fear.
However, in order to cook the beans, you will have to be patient. Cooking time – at least 2 hours. You can reduce it a little if you do not add salt to the dish during cooking, but add salt only after the beans become soft. Another way to save time is to soak the beans in water for a few hours.