What is Pea Protein?
Pea protein is exactly as the name implies; it’s protein derived from peas with the starch and some of the fiber taken out to create pea protein isolate.
Pea protein is rich in most essential amino acids, making it a complete protein that’s easily digested with high bioavailability. It also supplies a good amount of branched-chain amino acids and is particularly high in leucine which makes it great for building and maintaining lean muscle tissue. It’s also got a unique and pleasant taste that combines well with other flavors.
Who should use it?
Pea protein is a hypoallergenic, whole food protein, so it’s ideal for those seeking to avoid dairy, animal, and soy protein sources or for those simply looking for balanced and healthy protein sources with which to supplement their regular dietary intake.
People with restrictive diets, tight schedules, or athletic needs often require more protein from convenient sources, so the amino acid profile makes protein sourced from peas it a great choice. Plus, it’s an easy-to-digest protein that’s also slow-digesting, so it’s got time-released characteristics and can have a favorable effect on regulating blood sugar levels.
Aside from being a great source of protein for athletic or regular dietary protein needs, pea protein may also be beneficial for individuals with weight-loss goals. Increased protein intake can help boost metabolism, and along with its slow-release characteristics to help curb appetite, pea protein also decreases ghrelin which is the “hunger hormone,” allowing you to feel fuller for longer periods.
When and how should it be used?
Thanks to its non-dairy, non-animal, non-soy, and gluten-free nature, pea protein is a great protein source for just about anyone. Its mild taste lends itself well to other flavors, and it’s easy to mix along with being easily digested, so it shouldn’t cause gas or bloating.
Pea protein is a good protein source on its own and is protein-dense by weight, but its benefits can be maximized when combined with rice protein and artichoke protein as in SAN’s Rawfusion, as the combined amino acid balance mimics that of milk protein but without any of the drawbacks of dairy.