There are so many protein powders on the market these days. You can go down to your local supplement shop and purchase a giant tub of whey or soy protein at a relatively low price. If price is the only thing you look at when you choose a protein powder, I guess it doesn’t matter what you put into your body. There are so many companies churning out tons of these common proteins, that the only way they can be competitive in that market is by trying to undercut the price of the next guy. And when you’re cutting prices, the first thing that suffers is quality. Maybe they have to use an inferior ingredient, source lousy protein or rely on substandard containers or whatever. I don’t know. What I do know is that when you have a product made with premium ingredients, people will pay a little extra for that product because of health, safety and quality.
Here are five reasons to switch from bargain-basement proteins to high-quality pea protein.
1. Non-GMO, Non-Allergenic, Non-Acidifying, Vegan
1. If you’re a vegan, whey is right out.
2. If you have allergies, it may limit your options.
3. If you’re on an alkaline diet, then soy is not for you.
4. But let’s talk about Non-GMO. That’s where our protein really shines. 93% of the American soybean crop is GMO. Certain herbicides have been created to treat these GMO crops and these herbicides may contain glysophate.
From the Environmental Working Group:
This study demonstrated that Roundup Ready [GE]-soy may have high residue levels of glyphosate … and also that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans …. Lack of data on pesticide residues in major crop plants is a serious gap of knowledge with potential consequences for human and animal health.
Another study on the long-term effects of feeding GMO crops to livestock found this:
From Consumer’s Union.
The new peer-reviewed long-term pig feeding study just published raises important concerns about possible health impacts of consuming genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy. There have been very few animal feeding studies of GE food to date, and extremely few that lasted longer than 90 days. This new study looked at pigs fed GE corn and soy under commercial production conditions over a 22.7 week period. Compared to a control group that was fed conventional corn and soy, the GE-fed pigs showed significant increases in severe stomach inflammation and thickening of the uterus. The study in online here: http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/81/8106.pdf
And now, maybe you want to rethink that cheap whey protein when you read this:
From Daily Health Post:
If you care about the health and well-being of the animals themselves, you should know that they suffer similar gastrointestinal distress and illness that humans do. If we consume the meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and eggs of these animals, we’re getting a dose of the herbicide with each serving. Add to that the amounts we eat in GMO (genetically modified organisms) grains and their processed products, we’re ingesting more than you might have thought.
A lot of people and government agencies think GMOs are safe to eat. I don’t know myself, but I do know that I don’t want to to take the risk. I’m willing to pay a premium for Non-GMO protein.
2. Lowers Satiety
If you’re looking to lose weight and want to replace high-calories meals or snacks with a low-calorie protein shake, ProPeas is the protein you choose. Why pay a ton on a weight-loss plan when you can pay a little extra for the protein that keeps you feeling fuller, longer?
3. Helps With Blood Pressure and Kidneys, Possibly
Studies done on humans and rats have found that pea protein may help lower pressure and protect the kidneys. Eating peas in their natural state does not produce this effect, only the proteins.
From Science Daily
The researchers fed small daily doses of the protein mixture to laboratory rats with polycystic kidney disease, a severe form of kidney disease used as a model for research on CKD. At the end of the 8-week-long study period, the protein-fed rats with kidney disease showed a 20 percent drop in blood pressure when compared to diseased rats on a normal diet, the researchers say.
4. Highly Digestible
5. Prebiotic Qualities
A recent study found that pea protein may have prebiotic qualities. To put it simply, it helps beneficial bacteria in the lower intestine. To put it complicatedly:
The pea protein hydrolysates proved to modulate bacterial physiological activity depending on the state of bacterial existence. The detrimental effect exerted on the free-swimming bacteria was abolished by their immobilization, which confirms a generally approved thesis concerning protective effect of biofilms. It is worth noticing that bacteria from the genus Lactobacillus proved to be able to use fractions of the pea protein hydrolysates deleterious for other bacteria as substrates independently from the state of their existence. Therefore, a diet enriched with pea protein hydrolysates or just pea hydrolysates liberated after the gastric pepsin hydrolysis may beneficially modulate bacterial flora of the small intestine on the condition that the interactions of human intestinal ecosystem will demonstrate the same tendency of beneficial effects on human organism. For this purpose, further studies on this matter with heterogeneous bacterial populations and sophisticated in vitro models imitating the functioning of human intestines are still in progress to legitimate the production of new food assortments containing the pea protein hydrolysates. These studies ought to be ultimately confirmed by the nutritional research involving the diet supplemented with the pea protein hydrolysates.
It’s time to get rid of those industrial tubs of cheap substandard proteins and treat your body to the premium, superior protein.