As a group, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas are known as pulses. They may influence weight loss due to their effect on fullness, as well as their protein and fiber content. Similarly to oatmeal, pulses contain soluble fiber that may slow down digestion and absorption.
AS anyone with a vegetable garden knows, there is nothing like fresh peas eaten straight from the pod. They are so sweet and tender, they do not need to be cooked at all — and once you have started to eat them it is hard to stop. Courtiers of Louis XIV knew this only too well.