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1. Health benefits of Eating Green Peas

(a) 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.

(b) 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.

(c) The unique phytonutrients in green peas also provide us with key antioxidant and anti- inflammatory benefits. Included in these phytonutrients are some recently-discovered green pea phytonutrients called saponins. Due to their almost exclusive appearance in peas, these phytonutrients actually contain the scientific word for peas (Pisum) in their names: pisumsaponins I and II, and pisomosides A and B. When coupled with other phytonutrients in green peas-including phenolic acids like ferulic and caffeic acid, and flavanols like catechin and epicatechin-the combined impact on our health may be far- reaching.

(d) Some researchers have now speculated that the association between green pea and legume intake and lowered risk of type 2 diabetes may be connected not only with the relatively low glycemic index of green peas (about 45-50) and their strong fiber and protein content, but also with this unusual combination of antioxidant and anti- inflammatory phytonutrients.

2. How to cook Frozen Corn

Step 1

Place a small to medium pot on the stove and fill it with no more than 1 or 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a rolling boil. It's important not to put enough water in the pot to completely cover the corn.

Step 2

Add the frozen corn. This method works with both corn on the cob and loose corn; just adjust the size of the pot so that the corn on the cob can cook in a single layer. Ensure that the water doesn't cover the corn; you don't want to boil the corn completely immersed in water..

Step 3

Keep the corn moving by stirring it or turning and rearranging it as it cooks. This keeps it from being fully immersed for more than a few seconds at a time, which helps preserve its texture, flavor and nutrients as opposed to boiling it fully immersed. Loose corn should be done in no more than three to five minutes.

Step 4

Drain the corn into a colander and season it to taste with salt, pepper or whatever spice you prefer.

3. Five ways to cook with Frozen Sweet Corn

1. Saute for a side dish.

Take your frozen corn and step it up from the microwave, stir-frying or sauteing with a little butter, and then fold in some chopped herbs or a dash of paprika.

2. Throw it into soup and chili.

Throw the handful sweet corn into chili and vegetable soups - almost any soup could use a little extra color from corn.

3. Add it to risotto.

There's a pleasant similarity between the sweet crunch of barely cooked corn and the chew of al dente rice in a good risotto. They make sweet harmony together. Try adding a cup of corn to any risotto recipe.

4. Toss with potatoes.

Here's a two-for-one: Use frozen green beans and corn in the delicious dish of potatoes tossed with a tangy brown butter sauce.

5. Bake with cheese.

Make a cheesy potluck-style side dish with corn and roasted red peppers.