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Green peas are vegetables from legume family. The two varieties of green peas Green peas. Canadian Academy of Sports Nutritionare “snow peas” and “snap peas”. One cup of green peas provides 22 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.

Average calories: 120 per one cup.

Green peas: one cup












Vitamins found in higher amounts: vitamins C, K, B1, A, B9, B3 and B2.

Minerals found in higher amounts: manganese, phosphorous, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and potassium.

Phytonutrients found in higher amounts and their health benefits: the phytochemicals present in green peas are carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein), phenolic compounds (ferulic acid and caffeic acid), and flavonoids.

Carotenoids are potent antioxidants essential for optimal health of the eyes. They also protect from age-related eye problems.

Phenolic compounds and flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immune-enhancing activities.

The two unique phytochemicals claimed to be found exclusively in green peas are pisumsaponins I and II and pisomosides A and B. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and blood sugar-adjusting properties.

Green peas contain small amounts of essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids with 50 mg and 225 mg per one cup, respectively.