Green Peas- a Healthy Winter Gift

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Green Peas- a Healthy Winter Gift

Little round green peas have a good nutritional profile and are full of antioxidants

Green Peas- a Healthy Winter Gift

Winters in India bring with it a huge supply of fresh Green Peas. A part of every kitchen during winters, we eat Green Peas in a variety of ways. It is a perfect add-on to many dishes. Peas pulao, potato peas curry, peas paneer curry, peas parantha, peas samosa, fried peas and much more. The list is long. Green peas are one of the reasons that make winters special. The best part is that this Indian staple for winters is not just tasty but also nutritious.

What makes peas unique from other vegetables is the high amount of protein present in it. Peas are rich in antioxidants and various vitamins. like A, B, C, E, and K.

Nutritional value

  • 170grms of peas provide the following nutrients:
  • Calories: 62
  • Carbs: 11 grams
  • Fibre: 4 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Vitamin A: 34% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 24% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 13% of the RDI
  • Thiamine: 15% of the RDI
  • Folate: 12% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 11% of the RDI
  • Iron: 7% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 6% of the RDI

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Health benefits of peas

Improves Eyesight: Peas contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients help protect eyes from cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and works as a filter against blue light.

Supports digestion: Green peas are rich in fibre which promotes healthy digestion. It maintains the flow of waste through the digestive tract and gut health.

Promotes healthy blood sugar control: Green peas are high in fibre and protein, they also have a low glycemic index all of which are included in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

Heart Health- Magnesium, potassium and calcium are heart-healthy minerals found in peas. Peas help in preventing high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. The fibre content in peas can help in lowering levels of bad cholesterol in the body.

How to add peas to diet

  • You can fry them and add your desired spices to them to munch on
  • Add some semi boil peas to your salad
  • You can also accompany them with some veggies and pulav
  • Include peas in your pasta and enjoy peasy pasta
  • Combine peas with another herb and make it a yummy spread

Peas are good for health. However, it is important to note that its overconsumption can lead to an increase in the level of vitamin K in the body. This can increase the thickness of blood which lowers the platelets in the blood. As peas are full of fibre, they can lead to weight gain if overconsumed.