Black-eyed Peas Nutrition

In the South, black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten for good luck on New Year’s Day, according to the blog Countrypolitan Cooking. Black-eyed peas are high in protein and low in fat, making them a good choice for any occasion.

Serving Size

A cup of black-eyed peas counts as a serving, according to the website Nutrient Facts.


A serving of canned black-eyed peas contains 190 calories, no fat, 720 mg sodium (or 30 percent of the daily recommended intake), 35 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber and 11 g protein, according to Nutrient Facts.


If you buy black-eyed peas dry and boil them, a serving contains 200 calories, no cholesterol, only 5 g sodium, 35 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber and 13 g protein, according to Nutrient Facts.


Noncanned black-eyed peas are a good source of iron, thiamine, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-6, according to Nutrient Facts.

Quick Cooking

Black-eyed peas can be soaked overnight, but for a quicker method, cover them in 2 inches of water, boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for an hour before draining, according to “1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes” by Sue Spitler. Then cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until tender.

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