For those who are lactose-intolerant, allergic to dairy, or don't lead a plant-based lifestyle, finding an alternative to whey protein to boost your protein intake and build muscles can be rather difficult.
Singapore-born sports nutrition company, Lush Protein, has acknowledged the gap in the market for a variety of effective protein sources that aren't whey protein. Aside from their popular Brown Rice Protein, Lush has also introduced Pea Protein Powder. Here's all you need to know about it.
WHAT'S IN IT
This protein shake is made from 100% pea protein isolate.
Pea protein isolates come derived from yellow peas. A simple extraction process removes soluble proteins from the pea, and this is done without chemicals. Firstly, the peas are ground to attain pea flour. The pea flour is then hydrated to separate the starch and fibre molecules from the protein. After that, the pea protein isolate is coagulated, then purified through dehydration. There are, however, two core differences between whey protein and pea protein isolate.
Firstly, pea protein isolate, unlike whey, has an incomplete amino acid profile. This makes it less sufficient as your primary source of protein, but doesn't hinder your gains if you have a well-rounded diet.
Secondly, whey protein is a fast-acting protein. That means it hits your muscles rapidly after a workout, making it the best choice for a post-workout supplement. Pea protein isolate, however, is a slow-acting protein, more comparable to casein. It tends to keep you fuller for longer, and also acts as an appetite regulator if you drink it before a meal, as it'll help you consume less calories. For those who work out intensely and have targeted physique goals, having a pea protein isolate shake before bed helps prevent your body from going into fasting mode while you're asleep.
Pea protein isolate also contains over 80% protein purity per serving, totalling 20g of protein. It's low in fat, at just 1.3g per serving, and low in calories too. Each serving of two scoops has just 0.75g carbs and 94 calories. It is also high in Branched Chain Amino Acids, a.k.a BCAAs.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
Peas aren't the most popular vegetable, so hearing about it made into a protein seems to pose a worry for those concerned about taste. It has a slight vegetable taste that is quite pleasant, but for those not keen then adding fruits, coconut flakes, or stevia helps to temper the taste.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
Mix 2 scoops into 150 to 250ml of water. Consume before or after workout, and any other time of the day where you require an increase in your protein intake.
Another great thing about plant-based proteins is just how affordable they are. You're getting 40 servings, or 1kg for just $29, and that's an unbeatable price! This makes pea protein isolate a great option for those who are on a very tight budget, but want to get their protein fix as well.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
This is also a gluten- and soy-free supplement, and is made without GMOs, so it's perfect for anyone who doesn't take animal products, or has certain allergies. Also, since it is low in carbs and fat, it's great for people on a fat loss diet too.
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