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Benefits of Eating Green Peas

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by Felicia Spence, R.D.








When was the last time someone said, "let’s have some green peas for dinner?" Or, you may think of peas and automatically think of the Green Giant and canned peas when they were popular in the 1950s. However, today, peas have evolved and are recognized more so as a plant-based protein supplement. Move out of the way whey protein, pea protein is here! 

Peas are abundant and in season during the spring, and they can be used in many delicious ways.

Peas

The tender, green peas that are found within the pod are packed with nutrition. One cup of peas:

One cup of peas:

  • is less than 1g of total fat,
  • 0g cholesterol,
  • 14g of net carbs,
  • is packed with 8g of protein,
  • fulfills 96% of your Vitamin C recommendation, 
  • is an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin A, magnesium, and Iron.
  • are bursting with antioxidants.

 

One polyphenol that peas contain is Coumestrol, a phytochemical that decreases risk for colon and breast cancer, and helps build strong bones. Peas are starchy but that’s a good thing! They contain fiber and protein, two things that will keep you fuller longer.

 

Green peas are tasty in a variety of recipes. You can purchase them frozen or fresh, especially in the spring. At H3, we serve up peas in our pea soup! Peas can also be mixed in with your favorite whole grain, tossed into salads, mixed with fresh mint and served up as a side, or incorporated into pasta dishes. Enjoy your peas and spread the word that green peas are what’s in for Spring!


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