May 12, 2012 – 222 Days Until Baktun 12

Survivalist Tip: Peas have always been treated like Chihuahuas of the vegetable world: nothing more than little runts.  But, although they don’t make as much noise, peas are among the most nutritious and versatile of all vegetables, which is why you should include them in your food supply.  Pease have high concentrations of sugar and starch, but even higher levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.  They also feature an element called coumestral, which research has suggested can fight some cancers.  Other research has shown they fight diabetes, despite their high natural sugar content.  Green peas are also low fat and have sizeable concentrations of Vitamin E.

Peas are also good for the environment and not just because they won’t give you gas.  Agricultural research has shown that, with the help of bacteria in the soil, pea crops can take nitrogen gas from the air and convert it to more usable nitrogen in the soil without the need for added fertilizer.  Pea plants have a shallow root system, which helps prevent soil erosion and once the peas have been picked, the plant remainders tend to break down relatively easily for soil replenishment.  This may not seem like an ideal survivalist food, but in the chaotic aftermath of the apocalypse, just give peas a chance.

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