Black eyed peas (cowpea/ black-eyed beans/ goat peas) are rich in protein, carbohydrates and fibre, which make them an excellent energy source. Just half a cup of cooked black eyed peas contains 7 grams of protein and 18 grams of carbohydrates, the two main macro nutrients everyone is looking for in their food. Apart from that, cowpea contains a high amount of both soluble and insoluble fibre that helps clean the digestive tract as well as keeps you satiated by releasing energy slowly. Black-eyed peas also contain many micronutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and folate. Calcium and magnesium aid in keeping our bones healthy and folate is especially important during pregnancy as it helps to lower the chance of brain and spinal cord defects in newborn babies.