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Is pea protein powder acceptable?

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Created June 13, 2011 at 11:37 PM

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.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:05 PM

Peas are legumes, and legumes are definitely NOT paleo. There's your simple answer.

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:55 PM

It seems he already went through the trouble of researching and finding this product, sometimes a person needs encouragement to just try what's already on their mind to begin with. I doubt pea protein is going to impact a person tremendously either way. It's that saying "don't sweat the small stuff"

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on June 14, 2011
at 10:26 PM

Thanks for the thoughtful comments. Especially about the bioavailability of various protein sources. The only reason I even looked at this was the fact it had no sweeteners which I can't handle, and as an occasional option for on-the-go. I love liver, but not first thing in the morning.

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I think Digby's looking for input prior to trying it. Digby's talking about taking it to help reduce leptin resistance. It might be quite a while before any impact is seen. So a lot of lost time/money if it doesn't work or needs more to really work.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Just Eat Real Foods. Easy to say, harder to do.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Pardon my ignorance, what is JERF?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:55 AM

In all fairness, Mike Mahler is vegan and he's reasonably strong, although he would probably be a lot better off, if he introduced animal products into his diet: http://www.mikemahler.com/

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Vegan bodybuilder sounds like an oxymoron lol

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Think you've summed it up pretty well

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Most of the time I do jerf, but there are those times when it would be convenient, as well as adding variety. This supposedly is bland, so I would add a few berries and/or coconut milk.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:25 AM

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.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I have never heard of pea protein but it sounds horrendous. I would stick with JERF. Just eat real foods. Just my 2 cents.

Jamie

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Just Eat Real Foods. Easy to say, harder to do.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Pardon my ignorance, what is JERF?

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:22 AM

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.

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on March 23, 2013
at 12:43 PM

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.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:05 PM

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.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:59 AM

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.

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on July 23, 2013
at 01:19 PM

To share: I bought 2 bags of pea powder-based supplement (not for the pea powder but it's full of all kinds of digestive enzymes and it was on sale...I thought it'd be something quick to slam when I needed 'something' and it has all those enzymes, which I need to supplement anyway and lots of dehydrated greens, which I figured sounded okay).

It was seriously gross. Like the above poster who said he's a courageous eater, I'm fairly apt to try anything. It was grainy (no fooling!) and bitter. I haven't given it away because I'm crazy like that but I don't really want it! I can at least share this: it didn't make me sick or reactive and I react to a lot. It was just like gosh, pay money for this? Even on sale. Boo!

I agree that just eating real food, if you can, is best.

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on July 19, 2013
at 04:54 PM

Peas are a borderline/"primal" food, since they are very young, unripe seeds. So I personally accept them. I actually have green/fruit smoothies with pea protein powder and I love the texture and flavor of the pea powder.

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:10 PM

I have the same question as I just started my 30 day -- Guess I'll stay off it for now until I can try it clean and see how it goes. BTW -- My power is Love and Peas and it's delicious!!

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on January 05, 2013
at 06:11 AM

WOW, I wish someone would give a simple answer as to if pea protein is Paleo approved or not. I guess I will go with hemp. I do smoothies sometimes to try to get more veggies and fruit (like berries) in I also don't always want eggs for breakfast...I don't eat chicken (had salmonella one too many times from other ppl's cooking so hate the flesh of birds now) and I don't eat pork for both heath & spiritual reasons... so its nice to have a protein powder of some sort to fall back on in a crunch for some of us. I also like to have a smoothie before I work out and I don't like it when my blood sugar is off so I like to add protein powder for that reason as well. If anyone has any real advice on Paleo approved protein powders please post them. I'm new to this. Thanks.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:05 PM

Peas are legumes, and legumes are definitely NOT paleo. There's your simple answer.

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Try it and see what happends

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:55 PM

It seems he already went through the trouble of researching and finding this product, sometimes a person needs encouragement to just try what's already on their mind to begin with. I doubt pea protein is going to impact a person tremendously either way. It's that saying "don't sweat the small stuff"

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I think Digby's looking for input prior to trying it. Digby's talking about taking it to help reduce leptin resistance. It might be quite a while before any impact is seen. So a lot of lost time/money if it doesn't work or needs more to really work.

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I've tried two brands with "acceptable" ingredients. Both tasted like rust. If you must have protein powder, try Jarrow Brown Rice protein. It's low carb and has a mild, nutty flavor.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Isn't a pea a legume? Aren't legumes one of the most non paleo items?

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:05 AM

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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on June 14, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Think you've summed it up pretty well

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Vegan bodybuilder sounds like an oxymoron lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:55 AM

In all fairness, Mike Mahler is vegan and he's reasonably strong, although he would probably be a lot better off, if he introduced animal products into his diet: http://www.mikemahler.com/

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I have never heard of pea protein but it sounds horrendous. I would stick with JERF. Just eat real foods. Just my 2 cents.

Jamie

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Eat more liver - it's the best source of protein.

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