Go Pea: Pea Protein for Every Nutritional Plan

Author: Nicole Adler   Date Posted: 15 August 2016 

Pea protein and pea protein powder is the latest, en vogue protein. It has be touted to be appropriate for every nutrition plan. But how? This is something that should be easily elucidated in the next few paragraphs.

I don’t do protein powders, I am allergic to milk.

For those that are allergic to milk, pea protein powder is acceptable. Although the protein present in whey protein, casein, is similar to the protein present in pea protein powder, legumin, there is no cross-reactivity. Those that are allergic to milk are not, by default, allergic to legumin. An allergy to peas is very rare, although it may be possible to be allergic to milk and to peas at the same time. Hmmm…

I prefer a complete protein. That is why I don’t like protein powder.

Pea protein IS a complete protein. To be a complete protein, the protein must contain all nine amino acids. In fact, pea protein is known to be high in lysine, if lysine is something that you are lacking in particular. Pea protein powder is, however, slightly lacking in methionine and cysteine, even though they are present. For this reason, pea protein powder should be used as a protein supplement and not as a protein replacement.

Is pea protein powder safe for vegan diets?

Unlike whey protein, pea protein powder is completely safe for vegan diets. No part of this protein comes from any part of an animal. Likewise, it is also safe for all vegetarian diets.

Some protein powders don’t build muscle, will this one?

When people think of soy protein not building muscle, this is actually a misnomer. The protein that is consumed in soy protein will help build muscle, it just does not promote additional testosterone secretion, as does consumption of most other proteins. Pea protein powder, on the other hand, does promote the secretion of additional testosterone. This additional testosterone, as we all know, leads to the building of additional lean muscle mass.

All protein powders have that same protein powder taste. Is this different?

Although you are probably expecting us to say no here, it is true that pea protein powder has virtually no taste at all. In the processing of the peas to become pea protein powder, all of the carbohydrates, including starch and fiber, have been removed from the pea. In doing so, the pea is nearly tasteless. This dried pea is then processed into the pea protein powder that we all know and love, which is a near tasteless, protein rich masterpiece.

Is there any place that pea protein powder is not indicated?

Pea protein powder is for just about every nutritional plan. The only people which may need to stay away are people that actually have a pea allergy. This is relatively uncommon, however a few individuals are known to have a pea allergy. The number of individuals affected with pea allergy is nothing in comparison to soy and milk allergies. Also, there is little to no reported cross-reactivity between legumes. This means that you could be allergic to soy and not to pea protein powder. So, the bottom line is that, yes, pea protein powder is most likely just right for just about every nutritional plan.. 

Data based on vanilla flavour ND Naturals WPC Rice Protein Isolate Pea Protein Isolate Soy Protein Isolate ND Natural WPI
Protein per serve (g) 23 23.6 24.1 25.4 26.2
Take For
Type of protein/s Whey Vegetable Vegetable Vegetable Whey
Carbs per serve (g) 4.2 4.8 2.5 1.8 2.2
Fat total per serve (g) 1.3 0.6 2.0 0.4 0.6
Sugars per serve (g) 3.4 0.6 0.6 1.0 1.6
Serving Size (g) Stevia Stevia Stevia Stevia Stevia
Serves per kilo Choc, Vanilla Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla, Natural Choc, Vanilla
Additional Premium Ingredients 30 30 30 30 30
Notes 33 33 33 33 33
Flavours All natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener All natural flavours and sweetener

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