For athletes, weight lifters and everyday people who want to lose weight and get in better shape, pea protein has quickly become the “cream of the crop” when it comes to protein shakes.
If you’re ready to discover the health benefits and on-the-go convenience of protein shakes, see why more people are saying no to soy and whey … and yes to pea protein.
1. Reduces Hunger Cravings
Trying to lose weight? Pea protein lowers the secretion of ghrelin in the body. Known as “the hunger hormone,” ghrelin stimulates appetite, promotes fat storage and oftentimes makes you eat more. When your body is powered by pea protein, you’ll feel more satisfied and stay full longer. This means no over-eating or getting “hangry” between meals.
A common myth about veggie-based proteins is that they don’t benefit the muscles like dairy-based proteins. In reality, pea protein is a complete protein source with high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs help you maintain muscle mass as you slim down, decrease belly fat and aid in post-workout muscle recovery. Did you know? Pea protein is often referred to as the “whey” equivalent for plant proteins, and a study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed that pea protein is just as effective as whey in promoting muscle thickness.
3. Bye-Bye, Gas & Bloating
Pea protein is the most hypoallergenic of all protein sources and a great alternative to those who are allergic or sensitive to gluten, whey (a dairy product) or soy. Many people choose to steer clear of soy even if they don’t have allergies. Why? Nearly all soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Additionally, soy has a high concentration of phytoestrogens, plant-based estrogens with controversial health effects. The Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) for pea protein is 92%. What does this mean? Pea protein is friendly on the tummy and easily digested by the body, so you can avoid uncomfortable gas and bloating like you’ll get from whey protein powders.
4. Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Peas rank low on the glycemic index scale at only 22. (Any number under 55 is considered low.) Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement of how carb-containing foods impact blood sugar. A study by the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences showed lower blood glucose levels in subjects who added yellow pea protein to their meals. Low GI diets are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, chronic kidney disease, and several types of cancers, including breast, colon and prostate cancer.
5. High in L-Arginine
Compared to other protein sources, pea protein is particularly high in l-arginine, an amino acid with a wide array of health benefits. These include improved blood flow and circulation; lower blood pressure; better heart health; increased immune function; and enhanced physical performance, stamina, and strength.