by team nuut
remember those mushy little orbs your mum made you eat as a kid? well it turns out she was on to something.
small but mighty, peas are one of the most power-packed veggie protein sources around. nutrient-dense, they boast a complete amino acid profile and about 10 grams of protein per cup which is why, when it came to formulating nuut, organic pea power was our first protein fuel of choice.
peas, the seed of the pod fruit pisum sativum, are a member of the legume family and one of the few non-bean legumes. when they’re ripe, we call them green peas and consume them like fresh vegetables, and when dry, they are used similarly to lentils. they're also harvested at this stage and known commonly as "split" peas. it’s in this state, they are used to produce pea protein, like nuut.
peas are an excellent source of fibre, vitamin k, manganese, folate, copper, and phosphorus. they're also a good source of vitamins b6 and b2, niacin, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, and choline.
why do i need protein?
protein, one of the body’s most abundant compounds, is responsible for everything, from building tissue for glossy hair to repairing muscle and body tissues.
because peas are made up of amino acids, they help the body function properly. without consuming enough, it’s impossible to regulate our metabolism and maintain and repair body tissues.
protein and exercise
for those who work out regularly, nuut pea protein is the perfect go-to. when we exercise, we cause minute damage to our muscles, and protein is what helps them recover and make them stronger than before. without protein, muscle mass deteriorates leaving us with poor body tone, lacklustre hair, brittle nails and dry skin. along with a superior amino acid profile, pea protein is easily digested, and is an excellent alternative to whey protein and those looking to gain muscle on a plant-based diet. evidence suggests that pea protein might actually be as effective as whey for building muscle thickness. who knew?
women and protein
when it comes to women and protein, choosing a natural source is critical for optimising health and beauty benefits. many women suffer from bloating, often caused by poor quality protein powders that are difficult to digest due to an allergy or irritation to a specific ingredient. pea protein is perfect for avoiding bloat because it isn’t derived from common allergenic foods like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, and wheat. containing a complete array of amino acids, including three essential amino acids called branched-chain amino acids (bcaas), means its easily digestible which means no bloat!
because women generally eat less protein than men, especially if they’re working out, taking a protein powder with lower carbohydrates is perfect for muscle recovery after training. similar to whey, pea protein increases satiety. by helping you stay full for longer.