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How do we get protein powder from Pea's ?

How do we get protein powder from Pea's ?

That new vegan protein powder you just bought home, gee it tastes nice and its great that you no longer have to consume a dairy based whey shake, but have you ever wondered how they turned pea's into a protein powder? 

Although not all vegan shakes contain just pea, today we will look at how we turn pea's into protein and we will save the other plants that are also used in vegan protein powders for another day.

Extracted from Yellow Pea's in Europe and North America, pea protein has turned itself into a protein powerhouse and an ethical alternative to the consumption of animal proteins.

Pea protein is a high quality protein and a fantastic source of iron, making its popularity within fitness circles grow exceptionally year on year.

To obtain the protein from peas it must go through two phases, the first of which is a drying process. The outer shell of the pea is removed. The peas are then milled leaving a 'flour' which contains protein, starches and soluble fibres. The starches and the fibres can then be seperated from the protein by wet filtration and centrifugation. The powder is then dry sprayed and ready to consume.

Pea protein is considered a 'complete protein' meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. The table below shows the % total of amino acids found in pea protein:


  % of total amino acids
Alanine 4.3
Arginine 8.6
Aspartic Acid 11.9
Cystine 0.9
Glutamic Acid 17.2
Glycine 4.1
Histidine* 2.5
Isoleucine* 4.8
Leucine* 8.5
Lysine* 7.5
Methionine* 1
Phenylalanine* 5.5
Proline 4.3
Serine 5.4
Threonine* 3.7
Tryptophan* 1
Tyrosine 3.8
Valine* 5


What also makes pea protein a great vegan protein is its ability to to mix well with water or plant based beverages. Once mixed, users will often find the end product to be less gritty or chalky than other plants based protein powders.

If one was looking at pea protein in terms of athletic performance how does it stack up against whey? Well I am glad you asked! According to the following study Pea protein was just as effective as whey in terms of strength, performance, body composition and muscular adaptations

The Effects of Whey vs. Pea Protein on Physical Adaptations Following 8-Weeks of High-Intensity Functional Training (HIFT): A Pilot Study

The bottom line

Pea protein is an excellent source of protein rich in iron, amino acids and will also benefit users wishing to improve their athletic performance.

Kind Life's life blend contains 80% non-gmo pea protein isolate and whats more, every batch is third party tested for protein content 


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