Last time, we considered protein powders. I’m sure you agree there must be a better option for a quality plant protein powder.
First, let’s identify something about proteins.
No two foods are identical in their amino acid makeup. A food protein might be strong in one or two amino acids and low, or weak, in another. When you combine two or more food proteins, their amino acids can complement one another and form what is known as a complete food protein.
And we’re talking about protein concentrates, NOT protein isolates.
Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional co-factors. because:
- Most isolates are exposed to acid processing
- Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form
- Over-processing can alter the protein’s key amino acids and nutritional co-factors
Yellow peas are a great plant source of protein.
- Easily digestible and absorbable
- Free of soy, gluten, and lactose
- Well-tolerated by most individuals
Its high biological value or measure of the quality of the protein makes it especially great to restore muscle mass after a strenuous workout.
Pea protein is nutritious, delivering a substantial supply of beneficial amino acids and large amounts of essential amino acids isoleucine, valine, arginine, and lysine.
Contrary to what you might expect from whole yellow peas, Pea protein does not contain any carbohydrates, making it a great choice for helping to maintain body composition.
When most people hear “hemp,” they think of marijuana. While Hemp protein does come from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp seeds do not contain the psychoactive or intoxicating compounds.
Hemp seed protein is a nutritional powerhouse and excellent source of protein.
Hemp has a broad range of amino acids, digests easily, and has a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids.
Close-up of hemp seeds
Two main proteins in hemp seed protein, albumin and edestin, are rich in essential amino acids with profiles comparable to soy and egg white. Hemp’s edestin content is among the highest of all plants.
While soy may have a higher overall protein content, hemp protein may be easier to digest because of its lack of oligosaccharides and trypsin inhibitors, which can affect protein absorption.
It also lacks the adverse biological effects of unfermented soy including hormonal and thyroid challenges.
I chose organic hemp to be part of my 5-protein Vegan Protein Powder, along with another stellar seed.
Stay tuned for more examples in our next edition.