Dried peas have been a staple of the human diet since prehistoric times and have even been found in archeological digs in Egypt, Asia, and Rome. For those who have issues with cholesterol level, split peas are for you. Full of soluble fiber, peas help to bind up cholesterol-containing bile and move it out of your body. This can help with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. A single cup of cooked dried peas in your daily diet provides 65.1% of the recommended daily fiber. They also provide a good amount of protein, two B-vitamins, and several important minerals. Peas also include isoflavones, which are helpful in reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
If you are diabetic, or have it in your family, split peas can be your best friend. Peas help stabilize your blood sugar levels while providing a steady supply of energy. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetics who eat at least 50 grams of fiber per day can lower their cholesterol, their triglycerides, and the VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein) by a considerable amount.
Peas can also reduce the amount of plaque in your blood vessels and help your heart remain healthy. If you are sensitive to sulfites, which are added to most deli foods and salad bars, the mineral molybdenum will help you detoxify them. Peas can provide you with almost twice the recommended daily allowance of this mineral from a single 1-cup serving. Signs of sulfite sensitivity may include rapid heartbeat, headache, or disorientation. This fast and easy recipe is prepared in a 6 quart slow cooker set to low. Start in the morning and enjoy for dinner.
1 1/2 cups split green peas
1 48oz can low salt chicken broth
3 strips well done bacon chopped
1 medium carrot, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 cups water
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tsp ground celery
1/4 tsp ground bay leaf
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Add all of the above to the slow cooker pot, cover and set to low. Gently mix and combine the ingredients with a spoon for 1 minute or less. Cover and continue cooking on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve in a bowl topped with your favorite fresh herb or oyster crackers (and a glass of red wine).
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