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Pea Protein

Protein Powder is a great supplement to any diet.

It provides a significant amount of amino acids to aid in satiety and muscle maintenance, while minimizing the amount of carbohydrates eaten. Whey protein powder is commonly used for weight loss purposes and muscle building potential; however, pea protein is now gaining popularity. As a plant based substitute, pea protein is becoming more favorable than whey protein, especially for those who are trying to avoid animal proteins such as whey (which is made from milk).

Consequently, pea protein may be better tolerated than whey protein, as it is dairy-free.

Some individuals experience bloating after ingesting a whey protein shake even though there is a minimal amount of dairy in the concentrate or isolate in the form of whey. This bloating can be avoided when substituting whey protein with pea protein. It is important to note gastrointestinal side effects, as they may be a sign that the protein in the supplement is not being properly absorbed. It is essential to select a protein powder that does not irritate the stomach, as irritation would decrease the digestion and absorption of the amino acids.

Since peas do not have a significant fat content, most pea proteins will have nominal amounts of fat.

This may allow the manufacturer to add Medium Chain Triglycerides to the mix, adding in satiety while facilitating weight loss. Medium Chain Triglycerides are a type of fat that is not absorbed by the body for fat storage, but are burned for increased energy production.

Pea protein is rich in essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids, making it a great supplement for muscle building and maintenance.

Some pea proteins lack methionine; so make sure you select one that has this essential amino acid included. Pea protein takes longer to digest than whey protein, which makes it a superior choice to whey protein in regards to satiety.

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