Did you know that peas have been eaten for over 5000 years? People generally ate them dried, and it wasn’t until the 16th century when people began consuming fresh peas. Today, peas have a reputation as being a starchy vegetable and providing nothing, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Peas have an impressive lineup of vitamins and health benefits!
Peas have a particularly high vitamin K content, which helps in healthy and strong bone growth. Alongside this, they are also high in manganese, vitamin C, vitamin E, and the antioxidant zinc. Eating peas can help reduce our risk of type 2 diabetes, thanks to the antioxidants found in them. As peas are high fibre and high protein, they also help digest sugars slower, leading to a healthy blood sugar level.
Peas can be bought in many forms: canned, frozen, and fresh. While fresh peas are always the best (look for them at your local farmers’ market), frozen peas are a good alternative. Be cautious of canned peas, as they tend to be higher in starch and sodium. Cooked green peas are easy to add into sauces - they bring delicious flavour and bright color to our Chicken Penne Alfredo. Fresh, raw snow or snap peas are a great healthy snack to take with you when you’re on the go!