I found a pea protein with no sugars or artificial sweeteners, by Now, which has 28g protein per serving, but I can't find any info on Omega6s. I'd like to use for my morning 50g of protein in correcting leptin resistance.
Non-GMO Vegetable Protein High in Branched Chain Amino Acids Allergen-Free, Soy & Dairy Free High Solubility, Easy to Digest All Natural: No Aspartame, No Sucralose, No Acesulfame-K GMP Quality Assured
I drop pure BCAA powder into my mouth and chase it with water, I eat baker's unsweetened chocolate bars straight, I ate a fish eye, a whole baby octopus, and chew the cartilage off of bones. I am not a picky eater or really squeamish by any definition.
Last year at Whole Foods they were giving away packets of pea powder so I picked up a couple for a road trip I was taking. I mixed it with water, took a sip, and gagged. I poured the rest out the window.
i believe pea protein tends to be low in cysteine and methionine, but high in lysine, so it needs the addition of another protein to become complete. and its probably as irritating as any other legume.
I have no scientific data, just anecdotal -- but my sister (her cred: Crossfit trainer, exercise science grad student, biology/nutrition background, in the military, keeps a pretty clean Paleo diet, so not a vegan) relies on pea/hemp powder when she needs a quick hit of protein. I have tried a pea/hemp/rice powder by Lifetime - one of the few protein powders I have found without sweeteners, gums or other questionable ingredients in it - and it was tolerable.
Is there a specific reason you're going with a plant protein vs whey? ie. vegetarian or money? This will control your options.
In terms of protein, not all protein is the same. There's something called bioavailability that is a big factor. Just because they have the same protein doesn't mean that your body processes/uses all of that protein. Pea protein is in the 60% range. Whey is in the 90% range. This means even though the overall protein is comparible between a scoop of either. You have to eat more pea protein to get the same benefit as Whey.
So monetary and performancewise, I don't think any single plant protein compares with Whey overall. However, if you're a vegetarian and don't want to take any animal based product, you'll have to either revisit your beliefs or take the plant protein and adjust to deal with the differences.
Say you go pea protein and want to meet your 50gram protein goal in the morning. Pea protein is around 84% protein. So at a base, you need around 65 grams of pea powder to meet the overall goal of 50 grams protein (roughly same as Whey). However, Add on another 30% (to cover the 30% difference in bioavailability) and you're at 84 grams of pea powder to meet your goal in the morning.
Pretty big chunk of powder in the morning (might want to break in half doses). Monetarily speaking, you're spending more for the pea protein because you have to use more (even if the jar is cheaper). Vegetarian speaking, you'll meet your beliefs, just realize they're not totally compatible with how your body actually works.
Incidentally, neither Whey or Pea powders would be considered Paleo.
Of course pea protein is not paleo, nor is any protein POWDER, since all are highly processed; but the goal for most of us is to be close to paleo, not perfect, and if a protein powder, occasionally,helps in our very non-paleo lives, and it keeps you off junk, go for it.
I have heard of it. It's used by Vegan bodybuilders as a sort of PWO drink. No opinion, just wouldn't want to get stuck in an elevator with somebody who was drinking this stuff. Sounds Uber Nasty.
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