Benefits of Pea Protein
What are the Benefits of Pea Protein Powder
Pea protein powder is a form of protein powder made by extracting protein from yellow peas. It is also known as Pea Protein isolate. We use pea protein for Vitimum Original, because it is one of the best protein powders out there... but why? Here are 6 reasons why Pea Protein is a great source of protein.
1. Pea Protein Contains All Essential Amino Acids
About 90% of a pea is protein, and quality protein at that, rich in essential amino acids.
It also contains all nine essential amino acids— valine, phenylalanine, threonine, methionine, tryptophan, isoleucine, lysine, histidine, and leucine. (ref)
The body needs these nine amino acids to perform important functions in the body.
Pea Protein is also a great source of branched-chain amino acids, especially arginine — which promotes healthy blood flow and heart health — and leucine, isoleucine and valine — which promote muscle growth. (ref)
2. Pea Protein is easy to Digest
The proteins in yellow peas are 95–98% digestible, which allows for maximized absorption. This means the body gets access to them quickly and can put them to use right away where they are needed most. (ref)
3. It's Naturally Vegan and Hypoallergenic
Pea protein powder is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and does not contain any of the top eight food allergens — peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, cow’s milk, wheat and soy. Pea protein powder also doesn’t contain gluten like many grains and no lactose. (ref)
Pea protein also blends well with water and has a less gritty or chalky texture than other plant-based protein powders like hemp.
4. High in Iron and Proteins for Energy
Pea Protein is naturally high in iron.
Protein is essential in building strong bones, muscles, and healthy tissue. It also goes into a multitude of enzymes the body uses to produce energy, transport nutrients, carry oxygen, and complete thousands of other tasks.
Protein isn’t stored in the body like many other nutrients, so you need to consume a a good, healthy, and steady supply each day. You don’t need massive amounts, but you do need the right amino acids.
5. Helps with Muscle-Building and Repair
As the Peas are rich amino acids in peas are perfect for repairing and rebuilding muscle. Pea protein powder is just as effective at building muscle mass as more common dairy-based protein powders. (ref)
The highly digestible and absorbable nature of pea protein means you can take it just before or just after a workout and get amino acids to the rescue quickly.
6. Promotes Appetite Control and Can Help with Weight Loss
Peas help regulate appetite and aid in weight loss. Pea protein is a low- calorie food without the unhealthy fats found in many meat and animal proteins.
Pea protein powder is just as effective at promoting fullness as dairy-based protein powders like casein or whey. (ref)
Food with high protein content keeps you full longer. This means you won’t be craving those extra treats in between meals, which can aid making healthier diet decisions.
7. Less Processing Required
Since peas are so rich in protein, this protein doesn’t require chemicals and a ton of processing to extract it from the carbohydrates, that other protein powders require. (ref)
Because there is less processing required, you don't lose all the nutrients from its organic state.
Pea protein powder has a less chalky, fluffier texture than most other protein powders and a naturally nutty sweet flavour.