Pea protein is a relatively new form of protein which has been gaining in popularity. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, like all vegetable proteins, pea protein is hypoallergenic. In other words, there are very low to nil amounts of allergens in pea protein. Pea protein also does not contain common compounds such as lactase or gluten which many people might be intolerant to. Pea protein has a high digestibility rate and this is increased depending on the type of pea protein. As with whey proteins, pea protein can be in concentrate form, isolate form and hydrolysate form – all of which have increasing digestibility and absorbability. An extremely satiating protein, pea protein has been shown in studies to result in decreased food intake when compared to whey1, making it an extremely suitable protein source for those aiming for weight loss, fat loss and improved body composition. In addition, pea protein has the potential to help lower blood pressure2.
Pea protein powder is often mixed with another hypoallergenic protein; rice protein. This is because they complement each other in terms of amino acid composition. Pea protein is unfortunately lower in the amino acids, cysteine and methionine, but higher in the amino acid lysine. Rice protein on the other hand contains higher amounts of cysteine and methionine, but is lacking in lysine, making it an extremely suitable complement for pea protein. Pea protein can easily be stacked with all supplements and especially with fat burners and other fat loss supplements due to its ability to help support weight loss due to its high satiety value and its protein content, which can help you sustain and grow metabolically active lean muscle tissue.
Pea Protein supplements are commonly presented & sold as Dietary Supplements or Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Pea Protein supplements are not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read the label prior to use.
1. Abou-Samra R, Keersmaekers L, Brienza D, Mukherjee R, Macé K. ‘Effect of different protein sources on satiation and short-term satiety when consumed as a starter.’ Nutr J. 2011 Dec 23;10:139. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-10-139.
2. Li H, Prairie N, Udenigwe CC, Adebiyi AP, Tappia PS, Aukema HM, Jones PJ, Aluko RE. ‘Blood pressure lowering effect of a pea protein hydrolysate in hypertensive rats and humans.’ J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Sep 28;59(18):9854-60. doi: 10.1021/jf201911p. Epub 2011 Sep 2.