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How do these 10 Thanksgiving staples compare on nutritional value?

By: Robin Shreeves on Nov. 16, 2010, 7:22 a.m.
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Birds Eye Frozen Garden Peas vs. Birds Eye Steamfresh Garlic Baby Peas & Mushrooms: Do peas usually grace your Thanksgiving table? How about peas and mushrooms? Adding mushrooms doesn’t seem like it would hurt the peas' nutritional value, but when you add mushrooms with seasoning and partially hydrogenated oil, it does.

Birds Eye Frozen Garden Peas have a NuVal score of 96 — the same as fresh peas. But when Birds Eye adds other ingredients to those peas as they do in the Steamfresh Garlic Baby Peas & Mushrooms, the score plummets to 47. No one is going to miss the mushrooms with the peas — especially if you’ve put them where they belong in the stuffing.

Frozen plain peas have 70 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sodium and 0 grams of fat per 2/3 cup serving. The frozen garden peas with various seasonings and partially hydrogenated soybean oil have 80 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 340 milligrams of sodium and 2 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. Sticking with the plain peas makes nutritional sense.