What are Phenolic Acids?
Phenolic acids are a type of polyphenol, which are compounds with a wide range of health benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties. They're uniquely found in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, seeds or legumes. Antioxidants in particular work in the body by neutralizing harmful "free radicals" which damage cells and can increase the risk of developing things like cancer. Polyphenols are part of the reason why plant foods are so beneficial and associated with better health.
What did the Study Find?
This study looked at the amount and type of phenolic acids found in dried peas and chickpeas. Gallic, ferulic and tannic acid were among the most common phenolic acids found in various pea samples. In a few of the samples, depending on how they were prepared, they also found some caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and vanillic acid. This just goes to show that how you consume the peas--boiled, fried, pea flour, etc. will alter the type and amount of polyphenols found in it.
Are there Phenolic Acids in Pea Protein?
While we haven't lab-tested the amount of phenolic acids in our pea protein, it's entirely possible that some may be retained after processing into protein powder. Nonetheless, you can be assured that legumes like dried yellow peas are good for you and for your health!