PEA PROTEIN – 12 REASONS WHY
1. It contains a lot of leucine!
Protein contains a lot of amino acids. Amino acids is vital for our bodies. There are about 9 amino acids that are must-haves for us. Leucine is one of these amino acids, and it’s essential for building connective tissue like skin, cartilage, and bones. Leucine does also help absorb calcium, which is a must for strong bones.
Legumes are one of the richest sources of leucine, so if your diet is heavy in grain or grain-based protein and low on beans and legumes, pea protein is the right way for you to go.
2. Allergic? No worries!
The majority of protein powders you can find in your local grocery stores contain whey or casein. Although most of the lactose has been removed from whey, trace amounts still remain. If you, like a lot of other people are lactos-intolerant, these dairy-proteins will most likely have you sitting in the bathroom for the next hour.
Pea protein is free from soy, free from dairy, free from gluten and free from nuts. Which means – you can basically be allegic to anything and still enjoy some pea protein!
3. Gluten free
If you are allergic to gluten or following a gluten-free diet for whatever reasons, you are safe. Pea protein is not only gluten free, it is NATURALLY gluten free. How about that!
4. It is kind to your stomach
You might have heard that different beans and legumes gives you gas and a bloated stomach. Pea protein comes from a legume, but the peas undergo a process to remove most of the fiber and starch content – which usually is the biggest reason for gas and bloating. It is also highly digestible – can you guess how high? It’s 94% (!!) digestibility! Wow.
5. High in plant-based iron
Iron is an essential mineral, which helps the body to transport oxygen through the blood. A lack of iron can lead to some serious consequenses, which you easily prevent by eating iron-rich foods.
There are two types of iron, one found in animalistic meats and one found in plants. Pea protein is of course rich in the iron found in plants, non-heme iron.
6. Low glycemic
Pea protein having a low glycemic index means that it takes longer to digest. That being said – it still is easily digested. A longer digestion means that the blood sugar levels can be kept even. It also makes you feel full for a longer time and it can also help you to keep your body weight stable and maintain a healthy weight.