Yellow Pea Protein - What is it?

Yellow Pea Protein

A Plus for Vegans!

Did you know that there are at least 10,000 different proteins in your body that make you what you are and keep you that way? It's no secret, then, that protein is an essential part of our diet, but the debate as to the best source and the amount seems to be never ending. One thing is certain, however, around the world, millions of people aren't getting enough protein. Vegans and people with certain allergies as well as seniors and athletes may fall into this category. One reason? Not all protein is alike. Protein is built from amino acids. While animal sources tend to deliver all of the amino acids our bodies require, other protein sources such as nuts, seeds and vegetables often lack one or more of these essential amino acids.

Yellow Pea Protein as an Alternative Protein Source

This is where yellow pea protein can play a vital role in nutrition. Pea protein is a complete protein that also delivers large amounts of the essential branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, valine, arginine, and lysine. This is why you'll find it as an ingredient in Jon Barron's Nutribody Protein powder. And, its protein value isn't the only thing it's good for.

Pea protein is the concentrated natural protein fraction of yellow peas. The process used for concentrating pea protein is water based, making the end product very "natural." When it comes to perception, more people have a problem with the "idea" of pea protein than with rice protein. But in fact, pea protein has a very mild, pleasantly sweet taste. It's one of the better tasting proteins. And, this ingredient is a plus for vegans, those with soy or dairy allergies, or who are lactose intolerant since it is plant based. This means it contains absolutely no animal products or animal byproducts.

Yellow Pea Protein for People with Sensitivity Issues

Yellow pea protein has enormous benefits as a protein source in combination with rice protein, as they are both hypoallergenic, easily absorbed by the body, easy to digest and cholesterol-free, and unlike other protein sources, don't lead to aminoacidemia or intestinal toxemia.

Yellow Pea Protein for Kidney Health

In addition to these benefits, it turns out, yellow pea protein may have even more benefits; it also may be anti-hypertensive and beneficial to the kidneys! Research out of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, has uncovered a surprising natural treatment of yellow pea protein that may help control hypertension without incurring the high cost or potential danger of drugs. Plus, the treatment seems to prevent or at least moderate the impact of kidney disease, which typically leads to high blood pressure and cardiovascular complications. The treatment originates with the humble yellow garden pea, a key ingredient in Indian dal and other vegetarian favorites. The research team fed small amounts of pea protein hydrolysate extracted from yellow peas to rats for eight weeks, and by the end of that time, the rats showed a 20 percent drop in blood pressure compared to rats on a regular diet.

Yellow Pea Protein for Hypertension

Since kidney disease usually leads to hypertension, and most people who have chronic kidney disease actually die from the resultant cardiovascular complications of high blood pressure, the scientists intentionally bred rats that had a severe type of kidney disease to see how the pea protein would impact them. And they discovered that not only did the pea protein lower their blood pressure, but it also increased urine output by 30 percent, indicating a significant improvement in kidney function since those with kidney damage often have impaired urine flow and so can't rid the body of toxins. It also increased the presence of a key protein in kidney tissues.

Yellow Pea Protein for Weight Loss

In addition to the kidney benefits, pea protein also has weight loss benefits. First, since pea protein is slowly digested it may help you feel full. This can help control your calorie intake. In addition, high-protein diets may also contribute to weight loss. According to the authors of a 2008 article from Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, "Controlled trials continue to show comparable, if not superior, effects of high-protein diets on weight loss, preservation of lean body mass, and improvement in cardiovascular risk factors."

While this is amazing news, it's important to note that eating peas for dinner won't do the trick. The protein needs to be isolated and activated with enzymes. Yellow peas by themselves are ineffective because their protein content is low and is bound to carbohydrates. The process for extracting and purifying concentrated protein from yellow peas incorporates water and enzymes. The net result is the concentrated protein hydrosylate that the researchers found to be:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Highly bio-available
  • Pleasant tasting
  • Helps lower high blood pressure
  • Moderates the impact of kidney dysfunction

How to Take Yellow Pea Protein

The most common way to take pea protein is in powder form added to juices, shakes, or smoothies—although it can be added to baked goods too. It's a great way to start the day or to enjoy after a hard workout to help in restoring muscle mass.

Learn more about kidney detox methods.




Resources:

http://journals.lww.com/co-endocrinology/Abstract/2008/10000/Benefits_of_high_protein_weight_loss_diets__enough.5.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21854068
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/
http://altmedrev.com/sobi2.html?sobi2Task=dd_download&fid=280
Li H, Prairie N, Udenigwe CC, et al. "Blood pressure lowering effect of a pea protein hydrolysate in hypertensive rats and humans." J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Sep 28;59(18):9854-60. Epub 2011 Sep 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21854068
R.E. Aluko and Aukema, H.M. Effects of a novel pea protein hydrolysate on hypertension and chronic kidney disease
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ACS: Pea Protein May Help Hypertension, Kidney Function

 

 

 

 

 

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    Submitted by Danielle D Holschuh on
    December 8, 2017 - 8:29am
    Austin , Texas

    Hi. My daughter recently was tested for food sensativities and Peas showed up as a reactive food. Is Pea Protein the same as Peas? and how is yellow Pea Protein different?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    December 11, 2017 - 12:15pm

    Was this a food sensitivity test or a food allergy test?  The tests are quite different.  

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    Submitted by Laura Curd on
    December 8, 2017 - 1:27pm
    Ketchum , Idaho

    I think your descriptions of benefits under kidney and hypertension are in the wrong headings. Just thought you might want to know.

  •  
    Submitted by Lydia Henry on
    December 9, 2017 - 4:36am
    Bronx , New York

    I would like some more information on products for kidney and liver detox.
    Thank you.

  •  
    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    December 11, 2017 - 12:10pm
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    Submitted by Erin on
    December 10, 2017 - 5:19am

    Can I obtain the same results by consuming cooked yellow peas vs buying a protein powder?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    December 11, 2017 - 12:01pm

    The studies referenced here and their benefits were only done on the pea protein itself.  It is a natural, water-based extraction process, so may be very different than cooked peas. 

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    Submitted by France on
    December 13, 2017 - 8:48pm

    Legumes tend to cause gas, would pea protein be more likely to cause gas than other vegan protein, for instance, hemp protein?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    December 14, 2017 - 2:41pm

    No, it’s certain carbohydrates in legumes that are hard to digest, not the proteins. In a pea protein powder, you’ve eliminated most of those carbs—so gas is not an issue.

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