Fresh Green Peas Provide Many Health Benefits to Vegetarians and Vegans

20 February, 2009 (12:43)


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RECIPES: Green Pea and Orzo Salad, Barley with Green Peas and Veggies

By Rae Udy

Your mom was right when she told you to eat all of your green peas when you were little because these tasty legumes are bursting in nutrients and health benefits.
Fresh green peas are a very good source of vitamin K with 52 percent daily value needed. This vitamin is important for maintaining bone health. They are also a great source of folic acid and vitamin B6 to help fight osteoporosis.
Other B vitamins in green peas are thiamin, riboflavin and niacin that are necessary for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Green peas are rich in iron and vitamin C to help maintain your immune system. One cup of green peas provides 38 percent DV for vitamin C.
As part of the bean or legume family, peas are protein-rich with almost nine grams per cup. One cup of fresh green peas contains 134 almost fat-free calories.
Peas also contain lutein, the carotenoid proven to help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration of the eyes.
Prized by ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece and Egypt, it was not until the 16th century that we began to eat peas in their fresh state instead of dried.
Today the largest producers of fresh peas are the United States, Great Britain, China, Hungary and India. Peas are one of the few members of the bean family that can be cooked as a fresh vegetable. However, only about five percent of the peas grown in these countries are sold as fresh.
Green Pea and Orzo Salad is cholesterol free, low in sodium and contains no saturated fat. Each serving provides five grams of protein, and 15 percent DV of vitamin C.
Barley with Green Peas and Veggies is a hearty but healthful main dish. One serving contains only 79 calories and two total fat grams while providing 13 percent DV of dietary fiber, 71 percent vitamin A and 33 percent vitamin C.

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