Peas are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Their impressive fiber and nutritional content significantly benefit digestive health. In fact, the high fiber content in peas helps maintain the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines, thereby preventing unhealthy bacteria from proliferating.
whfoods.com states in the article Green Peas are Our Food of the Week, “We don’t usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. Because of their sweet taste and starchy texture, we know that green peas must contain some sugar and starch (and they do). But they also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phytonutrients. One of these phytonutrients—a polyphenol called coumestrol–has recently come to the forefront of research with respect to stomach cancer protection. A Mexico City-based study has shown that daily consumption of green peas along with other legumes lowers risk of stomach cancer (gastric cancer), especially when daily coumestrol intake from these legumes is approximately 2 milligrams or higher. Since one cup of green peas contains at least 10 milligrams of coumestrol, it’s not difficult for us to obtain this remarkable health benefit.”
A paper presented by Wendy J. Dahl, Lauren M. Foster and Robert T. Tyler in the British Journal of Nutrition — Review Of The Health Benefits Of Peas (Pisum sativum L.) – the authors conclude that peas have long been important components of the human diet due to their content of starch, protein, vitamins and other nutrients. Fiber from the seed coat and the cell walls of the cotyledon contributes to gastrointestinal function and health and reduces the digestibility of starch in peas. The intermediate amylose content of pea starch also contributes to its lower glycemic index and reduced starch digestibility.
A&B Ingredients offers both whole pea hull fibers and pea cell wall fibers which are all-natural, clean label, non-GMO products extracted from the endosperm of the yellow pea. Our pea fibers offer dietary fiber enrichment and fat and caloric reduction. They are also allergen, cholesterol, lactose and gluten free. To learn more about pea fiber offers click the links below.