Purple Hull Peas Nutritional Value

Purple hull peas are a type of peas related to black-eyed peas that are rich in fiber and fat-free. If you're athletic, purple hull peas can be beneficial, as they are also rich in carbohydrates. While purple hull peas do provide some nutritional benefits, they're not ideal for all diet plans and contain few vitamins and minerals. Purple hull peas are sold frozen, canned and fresh.

Purple hull peas in a wooden basket. (Image: Roel Smart/iStock/Getty Images)

Calories

Purple hull peas are relatively low in calories, as a half-cup contains 90. This amount comprises 4.5 percent of the daily recommended intake of 2,000. Because they are low in calories, purple hull peas can be suitable for dieting. You could burn the calories in the half-cup of purple hull peas through about nine minutes of jogging.

Carbohydrates

Purple hull peas are primarily a source of carbohydrates, as each half-cup serving contains 19 g. This is 3 g more carbohydrates than a half-cup of black-eyed peas contains. Carbohydrates are your body's primary energy source, so purple hull peas can aid in your athletic efforts.

Fiber

Purple hull peas are high in dietary fiber, with 5 g in each half-cup serving. Dietary fiber is an essential nutrient that can help you manage your cholesterol levels and can aid in dieting, as it promotes feelings of fullness.

Protein

Purple hull peas are rich in protein, with each half-cup supplying 6 g, as much as one egg provides. Protein is essential for building muscle, and increasing your protein intake may also aid in weight loss.

Vitamins and Minerals

Purple hill peas aren't rich in vitamins and minerals, but each half-cup does contain 10 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron and 2 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium.

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