All things pea protein
Welcome to the wild world, where our vegan pea protein is smoother than Kendall Jenner’s legs.
OK, maybe a slight exaggeration, but you know that chalky, grainy texture that often ruins a good pea protein smoothie? Well you won’t taste that in our vegan blends.
We use the highest grade of organic pea protein available which means you’ll get a smooth, creamy texture and all the health benefits that come with it!
So, what is it about our pea protein that makes it so great? Keep reading to find out!
How is pea protein made?
Yellow field peas. These are slightly different from the green peas your mum made you eat - these peas are generally produced for things like making protein rather than eating straight. Sometimes you’ll see them sold as ‘split peas’ after they’ve been dried and ripped in two. In our case, the peas are dried and crushed into a powder, fats and other substances are removed, and you’re left with pea protein. At this level, like whey, you can have pea concentrate and pea isolate, and no these are not the same thing as your bathroom habits. Concentrate includes more of the nutrients that are contained in the whole pea, while isolate is almost entirely purified amino acids (aka pure protein) which our vegan protein is closest to. Ok, so maybe they are the same as your bathroom habits. Yeah I just went there.
In 2009, Canadian scientists found that pea protein lowers high blood pressure. During an 8 week pea protein treatment, the blood pressure of rats decreased by 20 percent. No word on how sexy the rats were at the end of it, but I think it’s safe to say they were definitely pros at procreating. Separately, the American Journal of Epidemiology published a study showing that consumption of plant-based proteins over time decreased the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). People with heart problems, or even the risk indicators, should eat foods that reduce inflammation and avoid eating foods that cause it. Inflammation is responsible for just about every major heart disease including CHD, so it’s not something to be ignored! Chug down on some pea protein to your heart’s content I say.
Increases lean muscle
A common misunderstanding about vegetable-based proteins is that they don’t have the same effect on muscle growth and recovery after workouts as dairy-based proteins. Vegans can rejoice, because that’s not true at all!
Pea protein has been shown to facilitate muscle growth just as well as dairy proteins - the likely culprit for this benefit is the high quantities of the amino acid that helps build muscle, l-arginine. This Pokémon sounding amino acid exists in higher concentrations in pea protein compared with other protein products. Considered a conditional amino acid, it’s not an essential amino acid, but it is necessary for your body during times of stress, for example, those goddamn burpees and I’m not talking about the ones you get while trying to drink wine and eat pizza at the same time.
Amino Acid Profile
Yellow peas contain a wide and unique array of essential amino acids that your body will be grateful for. You know how protein is a part of almost every cell in your body? Well, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Amino acids play a key role on the transport and storage of nutrients in your body. They also assist in the functioning of organs, glands, arteries and tendons, and are essential for healing wounds and repairing tissue - especially in bones, muscles, skin and hair.
Pea protein’s well-balanced profile means that, like whey protein isolate, it is considered a complete protein according to the essential amino acid requirements outlined by the World Health Organization for adults.
Pea Protein Is Hypoallergenic and Digests well
That means pea protein powder doesn’t have any allergy causing properties, so the only reaction you’ll get is envious looks from strangers on the street. Some peeps can’t tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies that cause some shit you don’t want to read about today. In stark contrast, yellow pea protein powder is perfect for anyone but the most carnivorous among us.
And, while it isn’t as readily digested as whey protein, pea protein is still absorbed like a health replenishing potion from an old school video game. This has a couple of nice benefits. One, you’re unlikely to get gassy or bloated afterwards and B, those amino acids we talked about before can get straight into action. Soy proteins, ummm, not so good at this.
Pea Protein Is 100% Vegan
I thought this one was obvs, but if you don’t know, now you know. And since protein is an essential macro-nutrient often said to be lacking in vegans, pea protein powders are a perfect addition to the vegan diet.
Pea Protein Powder Mixes Easily
Clumpy smoothies are the oxymorons we all dread when it comes to protein shakes. Well, I’m here to tell you that you’ve got nothing to fear young blood. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, pea protein mixes easily, making that shake the real deal.
Pea Protein Helps You Stay Full, Is Low in Carbs and Gluten Free
Pea protein makes your body release magical hormones that stop you feeling hungry between meals - this prevents cravings and helps with weight management, for obvious reasons. You’ll also be happy to know that pea protein is low in carbs, so it’s not going to blow your carb budget for the day! As a bonus, it’s also got a decent whack of fiber in there, which is also really good for your digestive system! Annnnd you won’t find any gluten here either, so if you have an intolerance pea protein is safe as houses.
Whey protein isolate is essentially lactose free, but it does have a tiny bit in there which some people with really strong intolerance can’t tolerate, so pea protein is a great substitute, and won’t leave you feeling bloated #winning.
So there you have it, next time you need to appease your protein requirements, you know where to look.
This post was originally posted on our blog in March 2017.