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Pea Power: Key Benefits of This Plant-Based Protein

 

They may be small, but they sure are mighty.

What are we talking about?

Peas!

These little lean, green, health machines are not only the star of all our Plant-Based Protein Bars, but they’re also a great source of protein.

Are you curious to learn more about the power of this plant-based protein?

Keep reading to get up-to-speed on the almighty pea and what this source of protein can do for your health and fitness goals.

What is Pea Protein?

So, what is pea protein exactly? Let’s break it down.

Peas are legumes that are naturally rich in protein, with about 11 grams of protein for every quarter cup of peas served. Pea protein comes from yellow and green split peas that have been ground up into a fine substance.

Unlike many other common protein powders, pea protein is not derived from 1 of the 8 most common allergenic foods (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, and wheat).

It also takes fewer resources (water and fertilizer, especially) to actually make pea protein. Because of this, the pea protein production process can be less harmful to the environment than other protein sources.

Benefits of Plant-Based, Pea Protein

Aside from being a sustainable and satisfying food supplement, pea protein also offers a wide range of benefits for your body and its systems.

See how pea protein can help you optimize your wellness, below.

Boosts Energy

Looking for a boost to keep you energized throughout your entire day?

Adding pea protein to your routine can actually help you fight the dreaded afternoon slump. Peas are high in lysine, a precursor to carnitine. Carnitine helps convert fatty acids into energy for you body.

Peas are also a great source of non-heme, or plant-based, iron. This vital mineral not only supports oxygen circulation throughout the body, but it can also promote increased energy and better athletic performance.

Supports Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal Health

Thanks to the specialized process through which it’s made, pea protein retains its natural, soluble fiber. Fiber not only supports your cardiovascular health, but it also ensures your gastrointestinal health is on track too.

Moreover, pea protein is a great source of arginine. This powerful amino acid can support your cardiovascular health by keeping blood vessels healthy and reducing high blood pressure.

Some research suggests that pea protein may even help prevent the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Promotes Muscle Growth

Research has linked protein supplementation and muscle thickness and strength. Protein supplementation, especially during resistance training exercises, has been shown to increase muscle thickness and overall strength.

And, more often that not, an increase in muscle thickness can be fundamental for achieving a gain in strength in the fitness and athletic world.

So it’s important to know that pea protein may also produce significant gains in muscle mass during resistance training, caused by an increase in muscle thickness. 

Pea protein is also a great source of branched-chain amino acids, which have been found to improve overall body composition and promote weight loss.

Not only that, but the branched-chain amino acids found in pea protein (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) are also essential for muscle building and repair. This suggests that pea protein may may also help build muscle and help athletic individuals recover after strenuous workouts.

How You Can Get Pea Protein

Are you eager to add pea protein into your health and fitness routine?

All of our full-size Plant-Based protein bars contain a whopping 15 grams of pea protein and contain just 5 or less simple, whole ingredients.

With delicious flavors, tons of protein, and simple ingredients you can use any of these bars as the perfect workout fuel or healthy snack.

Already a fan of our Plant-Based Protein Bars? Let us know! We love seeing how our #Risers use bars in their everyday life.

Let us know in the comments your favorite plant-based protein bar and your favorite way to eat them!

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