Are Peas Good For You?
Peas are the versatile vegetables that are eaten and loved globally, so are they really good for you? We had a look at the nutritional properties of the vegetable and broke down why they’re healthy.
What are peas?
Here’s a fact that might surprise you: peas aren’t actually a vegetable. Though acknowledged anecdotally as one, peas are actually legumes, joining the likes of chickpeas and lentils. Peas are eaten around the world, but are especially loved here in the UK as a worthy accompaniment to Sunday roasts and gravy dinners.
Do peas have nutritional value?
Peas may be small but have pack some important nutrients, including:
- Great plant-based source of iron
- High in protein
- Great source of phosphorus — 20% of daily recommended intake in one portion
- Good source of B vitamins
Peas are typically eaten frozen, which often begs the question of whether it can retain its nutritional value in this state. The answer is yes — frozen peas are nutritionally as rich as fresh peas.
Are peas good for you?
Peas are great as they are low in calories, contain no fat and still pack a lot of goodness and nutrients. It is absolutely worth incorporating it into a balanced diet if you haven’t already; not only is it a versatile ingredient in everything from curries to salads, but it is also very convenient to have a bag of frozen peas in your freezer for all your cooking needs.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.