Love them or hate them, the pea’s looks can be deceiving. This tiny powerhouse is loaded with nutrients and added benefits. I grew up a very very picky eater. Mini me would have NEVER gave peas the time of day. Oh how things have changed!
Protein Content: According to the USDA, a cup contains 8 grams of protein. The amount can vary from package to package so be mindful of that.
I try to incorporate them with most of my meals.
Calories: Each serving is around 100 calories so if you are into weight management, pile them up! Don’t let the three digit number scare you! The protein content, along with 7 grams of fiber and many other micronutrients makes this a nutrient dense food.
Anti-inflammation Properties: You can meet almost your own DV of Vitamin C (96%) and rack up a good amount of Vitamin A (22%), Iron (11%), B6 (10%) and Magnesium (12%).
There’s also Omega-3 fat in the form of ALA.
Could Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes: Their high fiber and protein content slows down how fast sugars are digested.
Heart “Healer”: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds support healthy blood vessels. The B Vitamins and folate reduce homocysteine levels.
Other Interesting Facts:
-Peas work with bacteria in the soil to deposit nitrogen back into the soil. This reduces the need for fertilizers.
-After harvest, the rest of the plant breaks down and becomes fertilizer for the soil.
-They don’t need a lot of moisture. They are perfect for areas without irrigation.
-Dried peas have been eaten for over 5,000 years and they even were a staple in the Middle Ages.
-Canada is the largest producer of peas in the world!
How to Eat Them:
Fresh is always best!
Frozen peas are excellent as well. Steam them or cook them with the rest of your meal!
Don’t like the taste? Add frozen peas to your smoothies! The texture is delightful and you won’t taste them!
So load up on peas to reap all of the benefits this great vegetable!