Green peas are one of the most nutritious legume vegetables, rich in phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Fresh green peas also contain anti-oxidants and flavonoids. Consumption of foods rich in flavonoids can help to protect the lung and oral cavity from cancers.
They are relatively low in calories 100 g of green peas provide only 81 calories, and no cholesterol.
Fresh pea pods are excellent source of folic acid and folates. Folates are B-complex vitamins required for
DNA synthesis inside the cell. Adequate folate rich foods in expectant
mothers will help prevent defects in the newborn babies. In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins They are also a rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.
Fresh green peas are very good source of vitamin C. Vegetables rich in this vitamin helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals from the body. Peas also contain vitamin A an essential nutrient required for maintaining health of mucus membranes,
skin and eye-sight.
Besides being high in protein, fresh peas are a good source of pectin
and other soluble fibers which help lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. Vitamin K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building. It also has an established role in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting the damage in the brain.
A recent study has shown that daily consumption of green peas along with other legumes is associated with decreased risk of stomach cancer.
Green peas even stand
out as an environmentally friendly food.
Agricultural research has shown that pea crops can provide the soil with
Cooking some of the pods with the peas or with soup stock adds flavor and nutrition.
Caution: Peas are high in purines, which can precipitate a flare-up of
gout in people with this disorder.
Side note: And everyone knows how helpful a frozen bag of peas are for bruises and black eyes.