The Power of Pea Protein Powder

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the_power_of_pea_protein_powder_picPeas have been pushed to the edge of the plate for generations. Finally this little legume is finding redemption. Peas have made their way into an unlikely arena, one traditionally held by meat, cheese, eggs, and whey. Pea has come out as a powerhouse of protein and is quickly rising up the ranks as it appears in more and more supplements designed to increase endurance, boost energy, build muscle, and help people lose weight.

Protein is an important nutrient, but most of our sources aren’t always the best. Meat and eggs come with saturated fats, extra calories, and cholesterol, not to mention they’re pretty hard on the kidneys. Whey is also rough on the kidneys and causes bloating, gas, and other digestive problems. Soy is an allergen and contains estrogen mimicking compounds that mess with hormones. Now pea protein powder can truly shine through.

Protein Availability – About 90% of pea is protein, and quality protein at that, rich in essential amino acids.

Digestibility – The proteins in this legume are 95–98% digestible, allowing for maximized absorption. This means the body gets access to them quickly and can put them to use right away where they are needed most.

Quality – Peas also contain essential amino acids that are often lacking in other vegetables, like lysine. Each essential amino acid cannot be created by the body and must come from the foods we eat.

Allergen Free – Unlike soy, whey, milk, and cheese, pea is not an allergen and allergic reactions to it are extremely rare. Pea protein powder also doesn’t contain gluten like many grains and no lactose.

pea_protein_powder_is_allergen_free_imageEnergy – Protein is essential in building strong bones, muscles, and healthy tissue. It also goes into a multitude of enzymes the body uses to produce energy, transport nutrients, carry oxygen, and complete thousands of other tasks. Protein isn’t stored in the body like many other nutrients, so a good, healthy, and steady supply is needed each day. You don’t need massive amounts, but you do need the right amino acids. Pea protein does a great job of supplying them.

Muscle Building – The rich amino acids in pea are perfect for repairing and rebuilding muscle. After exercise the muscle tissue is torn from the workout and needs an immediate supply of the right amino acids to repair these tears and layer extra muscle fiber over the top. The highly digestible and absorbable nature of pea protein means you can take it just before or just after a workout and get amino acids to the rescue quickly.

Weight Loss – Peas help regulate appetite and aid in weight loss. Pea protein is a low calorie food without the unhealthy fats found in meat and animal proteins.

Kidney and Heart – The protein from peas, especially yellow peas, has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure while being gentle on the kidneys. It may actually prevent kidney problems.

pea_protein_powder_silkier_and_tastier_imageLess Processed – Since peas are so rich in protein, this protein doesn’t require chemicals and a ton of processing to extract it from the carbohydrates.

Flavor and Texture – Pea protein powder has a less chalky, fluffier texture than most other protein powders and a naturally nutty sweet flavor. It is often combined with rice protein, another allergen free option, to create a more balanced amino acid profile and to combine their textures. Many feel this combination yields one of the best tasting protein powders.

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  • I have been using the Warrior Blend and I love it! But I'm so disappointed that the recipe/ingredient list has changed. It was a great product, why was guar gum added? It's very disruptive to the digestive track and it was always such a relief that Sun Warrior didn't use it, or any other additives.

  • The powder sounds wonderful. Can I purchase at a Whole Foods?

    Also, I been grinding up 1/2 cup frozen peas into my Nutrabullet health smoothies. Can I acquire any illness from eatting UNCOOKED groundup peas? I have not thought of it until hearing about Listeria, Salmonella, etc . Soe of my smoothest are shared with my step mom- senior citizen.

    Truly enjoy your blog and products Sunwarrior.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Mary Anne's comment

      Sunwarrior does sell Warrior Blend (mostly pea protein) in Whole Foods and they're working on getting Classic Plus (pea, rice, chia, amaranth, and quinoa) there soon too. Frozen peas are picked, cleaned, and put on ice pretty quickly after picking. You are probably safe, but it isn't guaranteed that there will be zero contamination without them being cooked or fresh and cleaned by you. Thank you, Mary!

  • Hi, I live in China and I bought your product through the internet (Taobao).
    The product came in a carton box with all the genuine information on it, but inside the box was a silver bag with nothing on it, just blank.
    I would like to know if this is the real product or not. Are you selling this kind of package?
    When I bought the product in the store it was a bag with all the info on it, not inside a box, but they aren't selling it any more :(
    Thank you very much,

    • Moderator

      In reply to Inbal Segal's comment

      Hey Inbal, that is the real product. We tried to change our packaging to a box with a biodegradable bag inside, but when that bag refused to stay intact during shipping, we were forced to use a stopgap measure of using some of the old bags (in this case the silver one) inside the box. You can see a video describing the issue and our resolution with the newest packaging here:
      You might still see some bags in boxes for a little longer as distributors use up their stock, but eventually our tubs will make their way around the world. Hope this helps!

  • What is the heavy metal profile of your pea protein? Is it within the industry standard, or do you guys go beyond that standard?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Chris's comment

      We go well beyond the standard, Chris, with our pea protein. Warrior Blend consistently tests at or close to zero. Natural News' labs gave it the highest score they give out.

  • Can the protein from peas be useful if using canned or frozen peas?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Ian's comment

      Sunwarrior uses yellow peas which are richer in protein than the green ones and the carbohydrates are partially removed using enzymes, but the green peas you find frozen or canned are still a pretty good source of protein. Frozen peas are better as the canned peas often contain BPA and excess sodium. Enjoy, Ian.

  • Where can Yellow Pea Protein be purchased?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Tracie's comment

      Sunwarrior offers Warrior Bend which is a combination of pea protein, hempseed protein, and cranberry protein. You can also find many other brands that offer pea protein alone or as a blend similar to ours.

  • Do you know of peas are a complete protein? I don't think they are, in which case they'd need to be combined with some type of grain to get all of the essential amino acids. But I'm not 100% sure! Excellent write up though!

    • Moderator

      In reply to John's comment

      The protein that comes from the yellow peas is a complete protein with all the essential amino acids. It's still usually better combined with other protein sources such as rice, chia, amaranth, cranberry, or hemp seed to balance the protein profile out even more.