At 15 grams of protein per serving, Growing Naturals’ pea protein powder provides a delicious alternative source of protein for anyone but especially for vegetarians, vegans or those following restricted diets. It is entirely gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free. Like our brown rice protein, it provides an array of benefits for health and fitness. As always, please consult your Physician or Registered Dietitian before adding any protein supplement to your diet.
Excellent Amino Acid Profile
Yellow peas supply a unique array of amino acids, the building blocks of body tissue (including skin, hair and nails), muscles, DNA/RNA, hormones, enzymes that help your body function normally, and even your immune system! Being rich in lysine and arginine, pea protein is especially beneficial for active lifestyles.
Pea protein has a high Lysine content!
Lysine cannot be made in the body and must therefore be consumed through the diet. Lysine is the precursor of carnitine, the molecule responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. Lysine also appears to help absorb calcium and plays an important role in the formation of collagen—the building block of connective tissue such as bones, cartilage, skin, tendons. It supports the normal growth and development of children and plays a role in the maintenance of a healthy immune system. Lysine deficiency is rare in typical American diets but can be a risk for strict vegetarians, vegans or elite athletes. Insufficient lysine can lead to fatigue, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, agitation, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders. Although the US has not set daily individual amino acid requirement levels, two studies have indicated that the estimated average requirement for lysine for a 70kg human ranges between 800-3000mg/day.
Branched Chain Amino Acids refers to the amino acids: leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Together the BCAAs make up 40% of the daily requirement for essential amino acids in humans. This means your body needs them in relatively greater quantities than the remaining six essential amino acids. They are so called because of their chemical structure and are primarily absorbed and catabolized (broken down for energy) within the muscle. This makes them of particular importance to athletes or exercise enthusiasts. GN pea protein provides 2.8 grams BCAA per 15g protein.
25-30% Iron Content
Iron is an integral part of human physiology and is required for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body as well as regulation of cell growth and differentiation. Plant-based foods provide a source of non-heme iron for the body to absorb. GN pea protein provides 25-30% of the iron required per day in a single serving. Combining this product with citric acids (e.g. lemon/lime/orange juice) or lactic acid (often found in yogurts) will optimize the absorption of the iron content. In unrestricted diets, iron absorption can also be enhanced when consumed with animal-based protein. Iron absorption can be inhibited when consumed with coffee, tea or foods rich in calcium.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Yellow pea protein powder provides a rich source of dietary protein for vegetarians and/or vegans who cannot use animal proteins or may be limited with whole plant sources. Due to advances in protein processing methods, pea protein can naturally and successfully be extracted from yellow peas.
Some individuals simply cannot tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies. For example, the milk sugar called lactose can cause severe allergic reactions that result in unwanted gastrointestinal side effects like nausea, bloating, diarrhea or vomiting. Pea protein powder is suitable for almost any user. It is also naturally and tested gluten-free, for those who may have intolerance or sensitivity to gluten. GN pea proteins do not contain anything artificial.
Muscle & Recovery
Muscles are structures made mostly from protein. Intense physical training or simple every day activities can cause muscle to breakdown on a daily basis, which is one major reason dietary protein is needed in the diet. The American College of Sport Medicine and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stresses the importance of protein and carbohydrate replenishment after any extensive strength training, strenuous activity or endurance sport in order to optimize recovery. A review of the latest guidelines for exercise and sport nutrition published in 2013 advises 20-25 grams of high quality protein after exercise to maximize recovery and benefits. GN pea protein is 100% digestible and is a rich source of plant protein that can be used to help build muscle and reach daily protein needs.
Thermic Effect of Protein
Proteins have a “thermic” effect, meaning that they create heat in the body through the process of digestion. In fact, protein increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats. With protein having the highest thermic effect, digestion burns more calories than normal with a meal high in protein. So building a weight loss strategy around lean sources of protein like pea protein makes nutritional sense.
Dietary protein has another important affect on your weight loss efforts. Normally, blood sugar rises after a carbohydrate based food thereby causing the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin to facilitate the storage of circulating nutrients. But when a food or meal is too rich in sugar or simple carbs (e.g. candy, baked goods, etc.), insulin spikes dramatically and can trigger fat storage and lead to insulin resistance. This can also lead to subsequent drastic drops in blood sugar which result in fatigue. Consuming or combining enough lean sources of protein like pea protein with a meal helps to regulate this blood sugar and insulin effect and helps prevent body fat storage.
Cooking with Pea Protein
Pea protein can be used in either hot or cold recipes. Heat will not destroy the protein, it simply denatures the protein, which means the chemical structure changes (like when eggs turn solid as they are cooked). As long as what you are cooking/baking is not burned or overcooked, the protein is still usable by the body. So feel free to add pea protein to your next batch of pancakes or vegetarian casseroles, or click below for more recipe ideas!
Other Research & Facts
Uric Acid & Pea Protein: The Facts
Purine is one of the building blocks of DNA and is therefore present in all of our body’s cells. It is also found in foods—some more than others in concentrated form. The natural breakdown of purine whether from cells or foods results in uric acid.