The President Says:
‘Eat Your Peas’
Speaking at a White House news conference about the need for a painful compromise to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, Obama said it’s time to “pull off the Band-Aid“ and ”eat our peas.”
So does Obama have a pea problem? Why the peas comment? Doesn’t he like peas? Michelle Obama has endorsed peas after all she grows snap peas in her vegetable garden.
Endorsement for Peas
Pea growers didn’t see any concerns with the President’s comments. They quickly took the President’s remark as an endorsement for peas. The group’s director of marketing, Pete Klaiber, said eating peas “will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget.”
Dani loves sweet peas right from the garden.
Klaiber also said that peas would close nutritional loopholes – and that it couldn’t hurt to eat more lentils, too.
“We take President Obama’s comment on the need to ‘eat our peas’ as a reference to the first lady’s push to get all Americans to eat a more healthy diet as part of the Let’s Move campaign,” Pete Klaiber, the pea council’s director of marketing.
“We know that if tasty and nutritious meals featuring peas are served more frequently in the White House and in the cafeterias of both Houses of Congress, it will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget.”
Klaiber added, “Eating more lentils couldn’t hurt, either.”
Goodness of Peas
President Obama is right about one thing: “It’s time to eat your peas!” Peas are members of the legume family. They grow in self-supporting bushes, making peas a natural backyard garden veggie. Green peas are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Antioxidant vitamins provided by green peas include vitamin C and vitamin E. A good amount of the antioxidant mineral zinc is also found in this amazing food. Recent research has shown that green peas are a reliable source of omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). In one cup of green peas, you can expect to find about 30 milligrams of ALA.
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