Peas have been used for cooking since the earliest ages; they usually grow in cold climates and are known to be rich in vitamins and minerals. Numerous health benefits of eating peas have been stated by dieticians and scientists. In fact, peas have been a wise alternative for those who are strictly vegetarians.
Health Benefits of Peas
- Peas is very good for eye care. Lutein, a carotenoid pigment found in green peas, can reduce the risk of macular degeneration brought about by the aging process.
- Vitamin K and iron found in snap peas benefit people who are attempting to build healthy and strong bones
- For losing weight: Because of the low calorie content of peas, they have been ideally used in crash diets and proved effective at that.
- Green peas contain fiber that aids in the digestion process. The roughage sweeps the wastes in the intestines that facilitate easier passage of the stool which then alleviates constipation.
- For energy: It has helped in controlling the glucose levels in the blood, which keeps a stable energy level, especially for those with active lifestyle.
- One cup of boiled peas with no salt added contains 8.8 grams of fiber.
Protein - 8.58 grams
Calories - 134
- Potassium - 434 mg
- Phosphorus - 187 mg
- Magnesium - 62 mg
- Calcium - 43 mg
- Sodium - 5 mg
- Selenium - 3.0 mg
- Iron - 2.46 mg
- Zinc - 1.9 mg
- Manganese - 0.84 mg
- Copper - 0.277 mg
- Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
- Vitamin A - 1282 IU
- Vitamin C - 22.7 mg
- Niacin - 3.234 mg
- Folate - 101 mcg
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.414 mg
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.238 mg
- Vitamin B6 - 0.346 mg
- Pantothenic Acid - 0.245 mg
- Vitamin K - 41.4 mcg
- Vitamin E - 0.22 mg
- Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.