5 Reasons to add peas to your diet

The garden pea packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 26 August 2020

5 Reasons to add peas to your diet

DUBAI: Learn all about the superfoods that will help you live a longer and healthier life. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach fills you in…

It might be small in size, but the garden pea packs quite a punch when it comes to nutrition. Add them to your meat and two-veg dish, throw some in a pasta, curry or stir fry, or use the mighty green balls in a rice dish to make the perfect accompaniment. They’re not just a deliciously sweet legume, but also super cheap and worthy of superfood status when it comes to health.

High in protein

There’s a reason peas are the backbone of most vegan protein powders — half a cup has a whopping 4 gm of protein, three times the amount in the same quantity of carrots. Amino acids, which make up protein, are the building blocks needed for everything from muscle and bone strength, hormone and enzyme structure, as well as for the make up of skin, blood and cartilage.


Improved eye health

Half a cup of peas has 35 percent of the daily required amount of vitamin A, which is essential for good eyesight. It’s used to keep the cornea (outside covering of the eye) clear and is also a component of rhodopsin, a protein in the eyes that helps you see in darker conditions.




Peas are worthy of superfood status when it comes to health. (Shutterstock)


Benefit digestion

Peas are stacked with fiber that not only helps keep you feel fuller for longer, but also contributes to good bacteria in the gut, keeping bad bacteria at bay. Peas contain insoluble fiber, which can help with constipation by making passing waste easier and quicker. Although peas have been linked to reducing your risk of developing issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, if you already have the condition it’s best to keep intake to a minimum (no more than one-third of a cup).


Reduce risk of cancer

This is mainly due to the high antioxidant content, which fights damaging agents in the body and reduces inflammation. Peas are also rich in vitamin K, which can fight prostate cancer, as well as other plant compounds that can stunt tumor growth.


Preventing and controlling diabetes

Peas are low on the glycemic index (GI), which means they are less like to give you blood sugar spikes compared with high GI foods. They also work in stabilizing blood sugar levels, which is important for controlling diabetes. Peas also contain magnesium, vitamins K, A, C and B vitamins which can help reduce the risk of diabetes.


French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

Updated 20 September 2020

French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

DUBAI:Up-and-coming French-Tunisian singer, model and actor Sonia Ben Ammar has joined the cast of “Scream 5,”  it’s been revealed this week.

 According to Variety, production on Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming relaunch of the  famous horror film franchise is set to begin later this month.

Filmmaking duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who are behind “Ready or Not,” are directing the forthcoming film.

The first “Scream” film was released in 1996, well before Ben Ammar was even born.  A smash hit upon its debut, the movie helped to revive the horror genre, becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time. 

This will be Paris-born Ammar’s first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress. She along with other young franchise newcomers will be joining returning cast members David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, who are all reprising their iconic roles as Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott.

Plot details for the new film, set to debut in theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, are still under wraps,  so it is not yet known what role the French-Arab star will be taking on.

“I’m SCREAMing of excitement!! (sic)” wrote the 21-year-old on Instagram, announcing the news to her 730,000 social media followers. “Incredibly grateful to be part of one of my favorite franchises. 2nd photo is my face when I got the call lol (sic),” she captioned a screenshot of Variety’s article announcing the news and a blurry snap of her clearly overjoyed. 

However, it’s not the multi-hyphenate model’s first foray into the film industry.

Ben Ammar, who is the daughter of Tunisian film director Tarek Ben Ammar and actress Beata, previously starred in Guillaume Canet’s French-language film “Jappeloup” as well as the stage musical “1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.”

She’s also appeared in several music videos, including “Drivin’ Thru the Night” by DJ Petit Biscuit, as well as clips for her own singles, such as “Joyride” from her debut EP.

In addition to music, Ben Ammar is also a rising model, and has worked for many major brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Chanel, among other prestigious fashion houses.