Protein from Plants

Protein is a macronutrient—needed in large amounts—that literally holds the structure of our bodies together: cells, tissues, muscles, organs, bones etc. The enzymes that initiate the multitude of chemical reactions in the body are proteins. Then there are proteins that transport nutrients and build lean muscle; essentially protein is a key factor in overall growth of the body.

Vegetarians are familiar with the challenges of getting enough protein in their diet, given that they do not eat meat. Those challenges relate to the variations of beliefs about whether a totally plant-based diet gives you complete protein.

A Thoughtful Blast from the Past

Back in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book was published, Walden, in which he makes an interesting observation for vegetarians. “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

When you think of the power of oxen, or horses for that matter from which the measurement of horse power arose, you are aware that these strong creatures eat no meat. Make no bones about it, eating nothing but plants can create a healthy body made of strong bones and muscle.

Present Protein Thoughts

Jumping ahead over a century and a half later from Thoreau’s printed words to the present day onslaught of words on the internet is corroboration in an article from the American Heart Association’s online journal, Circulation, “Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition”, which confirms Henry’s apt observations on “vegetable-made bones” of the farmer’s oxen. A vegetarian diet gives a person, not just oxen or horses, the nutrients required for good health, including protein.

Protein Building Blocks

To make all of the different types of protein, your body requires 21 different amino acids, 9 of which are essential. Just like the omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids  your body cannot produce them, these 9 amino acids—histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine—are an essential part of your dietary intake. AIM ProPeas is vegan pea protein, providing all 9 essential amino acids and more. But first:

As per the AHA’s article on a plant-based diet providing all the amino acids you need, it is important to end the myth that a vegetarian diet is not enough: “The reason it is important to correct this misinformation is that many people are afraid to follow healthful, pure vegetarian diets—they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources. A vegetarian diet based on any single one or combination of these unprocessed starches (eg, rice, corn, potatoes, beans), with the addition of vegetables and fruits, supplies all the protein, amino acids, essential fats, minerals, and vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12) necessary for excellent health.”

AIM ProPeas pea protein

Not only does ProPeas provide the 9 essential amino acids, it also delivers essential branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs), such as valine, isoleucine and leucine, which stimulate protein synthesis in the muscles. Leucine is also vital for metabolism and weight loss. So to supplement your protein intake with a plant-based source, ProPeas is an ideal choice, helping to build lean muscle and manage weight.

How much Is Enough?

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds (68 kilograms), you need nearly 55 grams daily. Supplemental protein from ProPeas gives you 12 grams of healthy vegetable protein per 16 gram serving.

The truth is that most people, possibly seniors with small appetites excepted, get enough protein. Big meat eaters get more than enough, including the other things you may ingest in animal protein: saturated fat and cholesterol and perhaps added hormones and antibiotics (and the unhealthy side effects that can result).

Choosing the source of your protein intake is another step in being your own health care practitioner. And the evidence shows that the more plant-based your food is, the healthier it is for you. And that includes protein from plants no less.

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5 Reasons Pea Protein Is the Superior Protein

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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

Proteins

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

ProPeas Saiety

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

Peas 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:

International Journal of Food Microbiology: 

 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.