Green peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetables, rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Peas are relatively low in calories on comparison with beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas provide only 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, the legumes are a good source of proteins, and soluble as well as insoluble fiber.
Fresh pea pods are excellent source of folic acid. 100 g provides 65 µg or 16% of recommended daily levels of folates. Folates are B-complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis inside the cell. Well established research studies suggest that adequate folate rich foods in expectant mothers would help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Contain 40 mg/100 g or 67% of daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vegetables rich in this vitamin helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Peas contain phytosterols especially ß-sitosterol. Studies suggest that vegetables like legumes, fruits and cereals rich in plant sterols help lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Garden peas are also good in vitamin K. 100 g of fresh leaves contains about 24.8 µg or about 21% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin K has found to have a potential role in bone mass building function by promoting osteo-trophic activity in the bone. It also has established role in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
Fresh green peas also contain adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin as well as vitamin-A (provide 765 IU or 25.5% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining health of mucus membranes, skin and eye-sight. Further, consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
In addition to folates, peas are also good in many other essential B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Furthermore, they are rich source of many minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese.
I added some of these to my cauliflower greek salad recipe. It added a nice sweet crunch to the dish. The recipe is under blog titles " Recipes & Vegetarian/Vegan. "
May you fill your face as I did ( 😉 ) with this most delicious veggie either raw & plain, cooked or added to a recipe that you created and mostly may you be Nutritionally Well.
Friday, 4 July 2014
Fresh Raw Peas
This picture is one of the signs posted outside the stand that lures me in.
One of my all time FAVOURITE veggie. Fresh raw peas right out of the garden. Stopped at a local fruit & veggie stand and picked up two bags. This little piggy ate almost one full bag alllll the way home. 🐷 YUM!
Not only do I love the taste of them but it also feels so good to eat them.
My kids get so tired of me saying mmmmmmm every time I eat my veggies ha ha. I just truely love and appreciate nutritious healthy nutrient dense foods I know are nourishing me from the inside out.
Eat good feel good-- Eat crappy feel crappy is what I say and these make me feel great!
Truely any planted based food is going to give you an ABUNDANCE of nourishment. This post is about peas.
Here are some facts about peas you might not have known or perhaps have forgotten.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEAS