If you remember your mom or your grandmother insisting that you eat your peas when you were a kid – this is not for lack of good reason. Fresh, green peas are a wonderful gift of nature which provides a wide array of health benefits. If you dislike the taste of peas, you will surely be missing out on a lot of nutrients that the body needs.
A cup of boiled green peas contains more than 50% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K that the body needs. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C, as well as being rich in dietary fibers, folate, protein, zinc, iron and potassium.
This member of the legume family is great for those who are on a diet. Green peas are a good alternative protein source which is low in fat and calories. The vitamin K content of peas help build strong bones and when you combine this with folic acid, it helps prevent osteoporosis.
Green peas also provide benefits for the heart by preventing the incidence of blood clotting while promoting cardiovascular health. In addition, these fresh-flavored peas help reduce the risks of certain cancers, promote optimal health, prevent cell damage and help boost your immune function.
If you are torn between buying frozen or canned peas, choose the frozen variant because the flavor is retained and they contain less sodium as compared to canned peas.