7 Health Benefits of Mangetout

Last updated June 18, 2016

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Mangetout may refer to the snow pea (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) or snap pea (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon). Both varieties of peas are eaten whole and do not have inedible fiber in the pod walls. Snow peas have thinner walls than snap peas. Snow peas are usually found in Chinese cooking. Snap peas can be found in salads; however, they may be stir-fried or steamed as well.

Here are the 7 health benefits of mangetout:

1.     Mangetout is a nutritionally dense food.

Mangetout is a great low-calorie food. One cup contains only 67 calories while containing many vitamins and minerals. This makes mangetout the perfect weight loss food.

2.     The Mangetout can help individuals fight infections.

Fresh mangetout contains 128 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements per cup. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

3.     Mangetout is great for the hair and skin.

Adequate vitamin C intake does not only improve the immune system, can also create and maintain collagen, an important protein found in hair and skin. Also, one cup of mangetout contains 33 percent of recommended vitamin A. Vitamin A has been known to keep the hair moisturized through increased sebum production.

4.     Mangetout can help the bones stay strong.

One cup of mangetout contains half of the needed vitamin K. Adequate vitamin K consumption acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.

5.     Mangetout may improve brain health.

Several components of mangetout, such as potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits. Folate has been known to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Potassium has been linked to increase blood flow to the brain, and enhance cognition, concentration, and neural activity. One cup of mangetout contains 12 percent of the recommended daily needs of folate.

Also, mangetout contains vitamin B6. A deficiency has shown depression and nausea. Be sure not to consume too much. The vitamin B6 upper limit is set to 100 milligrams for adults over the age of 18, but adults do not need that much unless directed by the doctor. One cup of mangetout has 12 percent (0.2 milligrams) of the daily need for vitamin B6.

6.     Mangetout can help prevent neural tube defects.

Folate has shown to help in neural tube formation and red blood cell formation in prenatal babies. A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects, or spina bifida, in newborns.

7.     Mangetout can help improve the heart’s health.

Fiber, vitamin C and B6, and potassium have been known to improve the heart’s health. Mangetout is rich in potassium with 384 milligrams per cup. The recommended 4700 milligrams (mg) of potassium are not obtained by many individuals in the United States, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, despite the benefits of increased potassium intake. One study suggested that individuals who consumed 4069 mg of potassium per day had a 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared with those who consumed less potassium (approximately 1000 mg per day).

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First uploaded: Aug. 19, 2014
Last updated: June 18, 2016

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