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Anti-nutrients in pea protein powder

Commented on January 06, 2014
Created January 03, 2014 at 2:16 PM

So alright, there is one pea protein powder on the market that is far too espensive for me that claims that during the process of extracting the protein from the peas, the antinutrients are removed, thus, it is "paleo friendly" (or in reality, just better)

What I'm wondering is if the much less expensive NOW pea protein that I already own also does not contain as many antinutrients s regular peas, or if these other pricey ones have actually had things done to them that make them this way.

I'm not particularly concerned about the peas not being technically paleo if they don't contain antinutrients, so this could be my saving grace when it comes to lower cost protein (all of the powders marketed as paleo are far too costly)

Thoughts? Is there a way for me to test it myself without spending crazy amounts of money?

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on January 06, 2014
at 10:01 PM

I wrote it in the post actually, NOW pea protein.

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on January 06, 2014
at 06:00 PM

whey protein is not dairy :: pea protein is no longer peas. Think of it this way. If you have a three legged table, and you remove one of the legs -- you no longer have a table, you have a stick.

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on January 06, 2014
at 03:06 PM

I have a very good reason in that my exercise and weight training regimen is pretty tough, at least 5 times a week. Whey protein is not really an option for me because as I said earlier, I do not consume dairy anymore. Its not a moral opposition, its that I find when I don't consume dairy my mucus production decreases dramatically, its helped a lot.

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on January 04, 2014
at 07:33 PM

Good point that protein isolates aren't going to have anti-nutrients in them as they've been purified. And I'm not shooting down the idea of all protein powders, but have a good reason for using one.

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on January 03, 2014
at 08:44 PM

Well, to be fair, you do realize that almost ALL foods have some form or level of the so-called "anti-nutrients" for various reasons, right? And the majority of the majority of those foods have so little "anti-nutrients" that you'd never know. Cooking can also further break down the levels of those "anti-nutrients".

It's not so much that someone is telling you not to worry about "anti-nutrients", it's that someone is telling you that the quantities are so insignificant that you don't need to worry about them. Unless you really want to.

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I believe that protein powders can be a healthy addition to the diet. But I agree, a processed protein powder is not high on the list of things that will contain anti-nutrients. And there are good quality, cheaper whey protein powders out there. Unless you have a moral problem with consuming animal products -- there's no reason to avoid these options.

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on January 06, 2014
at 09:48 PM

@ron231 can I ask what pea protein you use?

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on January 06, 2014
at 10:01 PM

I wrote it in the post actually, NOW pea protein.

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on January 04, 2014
at 05:44 PM

bump

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on January 03, 2014
at 08:16 PM

After greatly reducing my anti-nutrient and dairy consumption to near zero, I feel infinitely better than I have in the past. I used to use high quality whey protein, and I will not go back to that.

I didn't think I would have someone telling me to not worry about anti-nutrients and dairy on a paleo forum... But that isn't an argument I'm going to have, as my mind has been made up through my own real world experiences. "the proof is in the pudding" so to speak. I won't go back

161750c67d1c0a39309fa8fa06ce1d35

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on January 03, 2014
at 08:44 PM

Well, to be fair, you do realize that almost ALL foods have some form or level of the so-called "anti-nutrients" for various reasons, right? And the majority of the majority of those foods have so little "anti-nutrients" that you'd never know. Cooking can also further break down the levels of those "anti-nutrients".

It's not so much that someone is telling you not to worry about "anti-nutrients", it's that someone is telling you that the quantities are so insignificant that you don't need to worry about them. Unless you really want to.

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on January 03, 2014
at 02:53 PM

Anti-nutrients aren't something the average joe needs to really be concerned about. They only are a problem in limited diets, where an anti-nutrient-containing staples makes up the bulk of calories.

As for pea protein with or without anti-nutrients… why? Why not just eat whole foods? Are you allergic to dairy? Why not whey protein powders?

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on January 03, 2014
at 05:45 PM

I believe that protein powders can be a healthy addition to the diet. But I agree, a processed protein powder is not high on the list of things that will contain anti-nutrients. And there are good quality, cheaper whey protein powders out there. Unless you have a moral problem with consuming animal products -- there's no reason to avoid these options.

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