Why Green Peas Are the Perfect Food During Pregnancy

green peas are perfect during pregnancy

Expectant mothers should be aware of all the food that is good (and not good) to eat during pregnancy. While we know alcohol and coffee are better avoided, there are other foods we may not be so sure of. Expectant mothers should not only know what not to eat during pregnancy, but also know what to eat so that she can provide proper nutrition to herself and her growing baby.



Nutritional Value of Green Peas

Green peas might look small and humble, but in reality, they are packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, magnesium, Vitamin C, fibre and protein. They are perfect for pregnant women to get their daily protein and vitamin intake.





Principle Nutrient Value
Energy 81kcal
Carbohydrates 14.45g
Protein 5.42g
Total Fat 0.40g
Cholesterol 0mg
Dietary Fibre 5.1g
Vitamins
Folates 65mg
Niacin 2.090mg
Pantothenic Acid 0.104mg
Pyridoxine 0.169mg
Riboflavin 0.132mg
Thiamin 0.266mg
Vitamin A 765IU
Vitamin C 40mg
Vitamin E 0.13mg
Vitamin K 24.8mg
Electrolytes
Sodium 5mg
Potassium 244mg
Minerals
Calcium 25mg
Copper 0.176mg
Iron 1.47mg
Magnesium 33mg
Manganese 0.410mg
Selenium 1.8mg
Zinc 1.24mg
Phytonutrients
Carotene-beta 449mg
Crypto-xanthin-beta 0mg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 2477mg

(Source: USDA National Nutrient Database)

Benefits of Consuming Peas During Pregnancy

There are several benefits of eating green peas when you are pregnant:




1. Rich in Folic Acid

When there is another human being growing inside you, you need more than ever to raise the amounts of nutrients and minerals in your body. Peas contain folic acid which is great for cell DNA synthesis. So eating peas when you are pregnant will help avoid any genetic defects in the neural tube of your baby.

green peas are rich in folic acid which helps avoid genetic defects in the baby

2. Heart-Healthy

Peas are packed with fibre, lycopene, and lutein which work for the maximum function of the heart. Lycopene is an antioxidant that prevents damage to cells. Peas contain other nutrients which help decrease LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels in the body. This is important, as too much LDL cholesterol increases plaque that builds up in the arteries, decreasing the heart’s capability to pump blood at maximum efficiency. Having a healthy heart is vital for pregnant women.





green peas are good for the heart as they reduce cholesterol

3. Rich in Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9 is known to lessen defects during pregnancy and subsequent childbirth. Peas contain high levels of Vitamin B9 which can prevent neural tube defects in your baby, which are caused by the B9 deficiency. Also, peas are legumes which are needed for the healthy cognitive functioning of their unborn babies.

peas are rich in vitamin b9

Green Pea Recipe for Pregnant Women

Having green peas during early pregnancy is extremely beneficial as not only are they high in protein, fibre, and vitamins essential for a healthy pregnancy, but are also easy to cook and prepare dishes with. Here are a few delicious green pea recipes for pregnant women:




Green Pea Soup Recipe

This tasty green pea soup can be enjoyed by the entire family!

Ingredients





  • 500 grams of fresh green peas
  • 1 large onion (chopped finely)
  • A pinch of butter or a dash of sunflower oil
  • 2 cups of lamb/chicken/vegetable stock (you can use a cube)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of curd or yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A sprig of mint
  • Mint leaves (to garnish)

How to make

  • Add the chopped onions to a cooking pot and stir on medium heat along with the oil or butter, till they become translucent and soft.
  • Add the peas with the hot stock. Bring it to a boil, switch to low heat, cover the pan and let simmer for around 10 minutes.
  • Put in the mint sprig and blend using a handheld blender. Add the yoghurt, milk, and seasoning to taste.
  • Your green pea soup is ready! You can serve it with fresh bread.

green pea soup recipe

Peas may be healthy, but don’t go overboard! Two servings of peas per day are enough for a healthy pregnancy diet, and you can always mix it up with legumes other than peas for a change too.




Also Read: Can You Consume Soya Bean When Pregnant?