Fresh, sweet English peas are a true delicacy. Their growing season is short-lived and they don't have a long shelf-life, so they can be hard to find, but definitely grab them if you get the chance. A cup provides 115 calories and more than seven grams of fiber, including a good dose of cholesterol-slashing soluble fiber. In fact, research has shown that eating an additional five to ten grams of soluble fiber a day can reduce LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) by 3 to 5 percent. Peas are also a good fiber source for those with irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS) since their soluble fiber is easier to digest than other types of fiber and helps improve regularity. Add shelled, cooked peas to a whole-grain pasta salad, or make a simple yet extremely elegant side dish by sautéing peas in olive oil and garnishing with fresh torn mint leaves and lemon.