what’s the deal with pea protein?
by team nuut
pea protein is one of the hottest plant-based alternatives out there, yet many people are confused about how a tiny vegetable could be such a powerful source of protein?
here, we break it down and get the scoop on this nutrient-dense little powerhouse that is at the heart of your daily nuut.
so, what is pea protein?
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; when dry, they are used like lentils. they're also harvested at this stage and are known commonly as "split" peas. it’s in this state, that they are used to produce pea protein, like nuut.
“pea protein contains essential amino acids which are the smallest building blocks of protein,” says carly barlow from the metabolic dietician. “they include high levels of the branched-chain amino acids including leucine, isoleucine and valine, which help build muscle. other amino acids such as arginine are also found in pea protein which promotes healthy blood flow in the body.”
peas are a vegan source of protein, making them a great option for plant-based diets and ideal for those with allergies like lactose intolerance and soy, wheat, or egg allergies.
what benefits can we get from the humble pea?
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.
a shot of pea protein after working out helps reduce soreness and speed up recovery while boosting muscle mass gains. protein is also responsible for encouraging glossy hair, regulating metabolism, and maintaining and repairing body tissues. pea protein powder is also an excellent source of iron, at around five milligrams (mg) per serving which is nearly a third of your daily needs. as a plant-based food, pea protein is kinder to the environment than animal-based proteins since peas need less water and energy to grow than a cow ;)
pea protein vs whey-based
pea protein is plant-based, while whey protein is derived from animal sources. pea protein is a no-brainer for those trying to increase their intake of plant-based food. it’s also naturally gluten and dairy free, so those that can’t tolerate dairy find it gentle on the gut and easy to digest. “plant diets are strongly linked to lowered disease risk, health and longevity, making pea protein a healthier choice,” says carly. “pea protein contains iron (good for transporting oxygen around our body), and the protein content can help keep us feeling full, whilst aiding in muscle growth.”
how is pea protein beneficial for women?
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 commonly 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!
how best to enjoy daily pea protein?
nuut is packed with premium pea protein making it a nutritious pick-me-up, delicious meal replacement, mid-afternoon sugar crusher or late-night sweet-fix. small but mighty, peas are one of the most power-packed veggie protein sources around. nutrient-dense, with around 10 grams of protein per cup, organic pea power is nuut’s first protein fuel of choice.