They are full of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system and is part of the body’s connective tissue protein. They also give you some niacin, which is important for the production of hormones and folate, which are important for the body’s blood production.
The fact is that a handful of peas is a super healthy and filling snack when you feel hungry.
Green peas, also known as garden peas are botanically classified as a fruit. Peas are a in the family of nutritionally strong foods. Green Peas are full of vitamins and minerals essential to promote optimal body functions. They are a major source of dietary fiber and a rare non-animal derived source of protein.
Peas are nutritionally dense, yet remain low in calories and fat. A 100 gram serving of peas contains only 81 calories and 0.4 grams of fat, which is respectively only 4% and 2% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Protein is essential for the repair and maintenance of muscles and connective tissue. Peas are a major source of non-animal protein, which provides 5.4 grams, or 10% RDA per 100 gram. The same portion contains 5.1 grams, or 13% RDA of dietary fibers, which are important in regulating the insulin response and healthy digestion.
Peas are rich in antioxidants, essential to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. The most common vitamin found in peas is Vitamin C, which gives 67% RDA in 100 grams. The same serving contains 25% RDA of vitamin A, 21% RDA of vitamin C and more than 10% of the RDA B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
Minerals also provides essential nutrients to promote optimal health. A 100 g portion of peas contain about 20% RDA of copper, iron and manganese. Green Peas are also a valuable source of magnesium and zinc.