Pea Protein - The Low Down
When we hear about protein powders, the most commons forms we might be aware of are Whey Protein and Soy protein. On the rise, and one of the newer proteins on the market, here we take a look at Pea Protein.
What is pea protein?Pea protein is a vegetarian protein that is extracted from peas. It comes in the form of pea protein powder that you will see in many of your local supplement shops and health food stores. Pea protein is a complete protein which means it contains the essential amino acids. It is actually the most hypoallergenic of all protein powders because it doesn’t contain dairy or gluten. Because of this, it has been described that pea protein contains no side effects and can be gentler on the stomach than other protein powders and doesn’t cause bloating.
What are the benefits?Aside from being gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians, below is a list of further benefits:
- It can keep you feeling full for longer
- It contains high amounts of protein vs whey protein and other proteins
- It can help to build muscle
What are the drawbacks?
- Pea protein is low in methionine
What are the macros?In one 25g scoop are the below macros – which I think you will agree are great. I have used Vital Greens: Pea Protein, Unflavoured variety as the example:
- 374kj (89 calories)
- 20.9g protein
- 0.3g fat
- 0.7g carbs
- 0.0g sugars