Green peas are very common in Kenya but their nutrition value is underestimated.

We eat them yes, but we hardly care about their nutritional value. But turns out that these vegetables are more nutritious than you could have imagined.

Here are some of the amazing health benefits of green peas:

1. Digestion

Peas are rich in fiber which adds bulk to stool thus easing bowel movements. Adding them to your stew or salads improves your digestion functions preventing issues related to digestion such as constipation.

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2. Vitamin C

Green peas are also rich in Vitamin C which helps in keeping diseases at bay. According to nutritionists, a single serving of peas half of the daily amounts of Vitamin C your body needs.

3. Antioxidants

We all need to consume foods that are rich in antioxidants as often as possible. Thankfully, there are so plenty of them and peas is one option that is readily available. Antioxidants help in protecting the body from damaging free radicals that cause diseases such as cancer.

4. Iron

Iron deficiency leads to anemia. Women need more iron than men because they lose blood every month through menstruation. Also, pregnant women need even more iron to help with the development of the baby. Luckily, green peas have Iron although the amounts are not as high as those present in spinach.

5. Eye health

Everyone tells you to eat carrots for a good eyesight. What no one tells you is that these humble vegetables are also good for the health of your eyes. They are rich in carotenoids which reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration-which are common problems as you age.

6. Heart health

Nutrients such as Magnesium and Potassium keep the blood pressure low. When your blood pressure is controlled, you stand a lower chance of getting a heart disease.

7. Weight loss

They are low in calories and fat making them an ideal diet for people trying to lose weight. Needless to say that they are also rich in protein which gives you a feeling effects thus controlling your hunger pangs.