- May 22, 2018 -
If you are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, try canned options. They can save you time and money, and can contribute to a healthy eating style.
Canned green beans are probably not the first item to spring to mind when you think of wholesome, nutritious foods. However, canned peas -- although not quite as healthy as their fresh or frozen counterparts -- still pack a nutritional punch. This underrated vegetable is rich in assorted vitamins and minerals, high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, and low in fat and calories.
Canned green peas are a good source of assorted essential minerals and vitamins. A half-cup serving of canned peas provides 17 mg of calcium -- important for strong bones and teeth -- as well as 0.81 mg of iron, which helps produce adeno triphosphate, a fuel source for the body. Manganese -- a trace mineral that helps your body produce the antioxidant superoxide dismutase -- is also present, with a half cup of canned peas containing 0.258 milligrams. In addition, a half-cup serving of canned peas provides 765 IU of vitamin A, necessary for maintaining healthy vision, mucous membranes and skin.
Canned fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with “higher-quality diet, lower body weight, and lower blood pressure.” Canned vegetables have just as much nutritional value as fresh vegetables and can taste just as good. Canned vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately canned, locking in flavor and nutrients.