What is Pea Protein?
Vegan + Vegetarian Protein Sources
Pea protein powder is a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly plant-based protein source. Another vegan and vegetarian protein source is rice protein powder.
Pea protein isolate powder comes from yellow peas (Pisum sativum). It’s a good protein source for most individuals, as it’s a vegan and vegetarian protein source and hypoallergenic. Yellow pea protein supplies a unique assortment of both essential and non-essential amino acids. Pea protein is a complete protein and includes all nine essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine. The nonessential amino acids in pea protein include alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, tyrosine, and asparagine. It is also a rich source of iron and branched-chain amino acids.
PureBulk's Pea Protein is standardized to at least 85% protein content and contains no additives, sweeteners, fillers, allergens, or preservatives.
Potential Pea Protein Benefits
Nutritive and Complete Vegetarian Protein
PureBulk’s pea protein contains several nutrients and is a complete protein. Many vegetarian protein powders lack certain essential amino acids and require supplementation to meet all the body’s nutritional needs. Pea protein may not provide enough methionine. Individuals can take a methionine supplement or eat methionine-rich foods, such as beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and fish. Brown rice, oats, nuts, soybeans, and sunflower seeds are good sources of methionine for vegans and vegetarians.
Plant protein sources are often more difficult for the body to process than animal proteins. However, pea protein is among the easiest to digest of plant proteins. It also has a more pleasing texture than other plant protein powders.
PureBulk’s pea protein powder provides the following nutrients per a 30g serving:
- Calories: 120
- Total Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: <1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: 360mg
- Potassium: 6mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 1g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Sugar (Lactose): 0g
- Protein: 26g
- Calcium: 45 mg
- Iron: 7.5 mg
- Phosphorus 330 mg
Hypoallergenic Plant Protein Powder
Pea protein powder is an excellent option for individuals adhering to special diets or trying to avoid typical allergens. Pea protein powder is vegan, non-dairy, and gluten-free. It’s also hypoallergenic, as it doesn’t contain any of the eight most common food allergens—wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, and cow’s milk.
Pea Protein Powder for Muscle Growth
Protein is essential for building lean muscle, and pairing it with resistance training boosts muscle protein synthesis. Pea protein is just as effective as whey protein at increasing muscle mass. One study found that participants taking pea protein powder gained the same amount of muscle as those taking whey protein powder after 12 weeks of resistance training. Protein powders combined with BCAAs—particularly leucine—are even more effective for building muscle. PureBulk’s pea protein powder contains 26g of protein per serving and is a good source of BCAAs. Pea protein powder is most effective at promoting muscle growth when taken after a workout. However, research shows protein powders can still benefit muscle synthesis regardless of when individuals take it.
Pea Protein Powder and Weight Loss
Protein helps individuals feel full for longer than carbohydrates and fats. Consuming a high-protein diet can help reduce overall calorie intake and may contribute to weight loss. One study examined the effects of taking pea protein half an hour before a meal and found that participants consumed 12% fewer calories. Research also shows that pea protein powder is just as effective as dairy-based protein powders at promoting satiety.
Potential Pea Protein Powder Side Effects
Most individuals can take pea protein powder without experiencing side effects. Unlike whole peas, pea protein isolate isn’t high in fiber, so it’s not likely to cause bloating and gas. Pea protein powder has 360mg of sodium per serving. Individuals consuming a low-sodium diet may need to limit their intake of pea protein powder.
How to Take Pea Protein Powder
Protein smoothies and shakes are by far the most popular options for taking protein powder. However, individuals can mix pea protein powder into baked goods, oatmeal, or plant-based milk to make it a more complete protein. Take pea protein powder within two hours of exercising for best results.
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