Protein powders are a great way to make a quick meal and ensure your daily needs are met. While whey, casein, and egg based protein shakes are a great way to do this, you may not be able to have them as part of your diet. This may be due to the type of diet you follow or because of health restrictions. In the past, soy protein powders have been the next best alternative. Unfortunately, its nutritional profile is not even close to being as good as the aforementioned proteins. The good thing is there is another type of protein powder that is safe for anyone to use that contains lots of high quality protein in each scoop. Believe it or not, it is made from peas. We’re not talking about the green one’s you buy in bags at the grocery store but yellow split peas. This post details what pea protein powder is and how it may be of benefit to you whether you want a powder that will benefit your health or help you build more muscle.
As previously mentioned, pea protein powder is made from yellow split peas. They are part of the legume family and have been grown for food since 6000 B.C. They’re commonly used in foods such as thick soups and stews. Nutritional supplement companies recently developed a process to extract the protein from them to make an animal product free powder. Unlike other vegetarian protein powders, pea protein has a high Biological Value. This means your body is able to utilize a large amount of the protein each shake provides. Pea protein powder is in fact much high than most other vegetarian sources and comes close to many from animal products too.
Listed below are some of the pea protein powder’s key features and benefits.
- 25 grams of high quality protein per scoop.
- Almost 5 grams of muscle-building bcaa’s in each scoop.
- Low in fat and carbohydrates.
- Entirely plant based proteins.
- Lactose and gluten free.
- Hypoallergenic. Great to use if other protein powders upset your stomach.
- Low cost. Usually about $5 less per container than whey protein powders.
- Health benefits. One study shows it lowers blood pressure and is good for kidney health.
There are currently several pea protein powders available. Two that we like are NOW Pea Protein and Olympian Labs Pea Protein. These products have at least 25 grams of protein per scoop, 1 gram of carbohydrates, and are both very low in fat. In addition to giving you a good dose of protein you also get almost 5 grams of branch chain amino acids per scoop from each product. They’re also both high in the amino acid l-arginine which has many functions, including keeping your immune and circulatory systems healthy. The NOW Pea Protein powder is naturally flavored which makes it great to add when you are making smoothies or other flavored shakes. If you want a pre-flavored shake the Olympian Labs brand is a better choice as it comes in vanilla flavor.