Did you know that peas are a legume (not a vegetable!) and in the same family as chickpeas, lentils, beans and peanuts? We don’t sing the praises of the humble pea enough and there is relatively little research on the green pea in comparison to beans.
Frozen peas are great to have in your freezer at any time of the year. One serving of frozen peas is around 80g, 3 tablespoons or 1/2 a cup.
1. Naturally High in Plant Protein and Fibre
Peas are a good source of protein and fibre with 5.5g and 5.6g per 100g portion respectively.
2. Packed with Nutrients
Frozen peas are a great source of several nutrients. They are a rich source of Vitamin K, which plays a role in blood clotting. One 100g portion of frozen peas provides over 20% of our daily requirement of phosphorus, a mineral that helps build healthy bones and teeth. In addition, they are also a good source of B vitamins and non-heme iron – this is the type of iron that is found in plants.
3. Good for Eye Health
Green peas contain the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which have both been shown to promote vision and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and eye-related disease
4. Convenient, Affordable and Just as Nutritious as Fresh
There is not much difference in terms of nutritional quality between fresh and frozen peas. Like many frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen peas are picked and flash-frozen almost immediately. They are a really affordable source of fibre and protein with 1kg of frozen peas from Tesco’s own brand costing only 88p.
5. Great for the Environment
Green peas act as natural nitrogen fixers and benefit the soil and other organisms. As a result, peas often do not require synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and other possible additives. Green peas are kind to the planet, your body and to the animals. Peas please!