Pea Protein for Sports & Fitness

Pea Protein
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Why Do Athletes Use It?*

While whey protein is considered by some athletes to be the best protein supplement for building muscle, pea protein, particularly when combined with rice protein, has an amino acid profile that is similar to whey and other animal proteins. Peas, like whey, have high amounts of branched-chain amino acids, the type of amino acids used to make and repair muscle fibers.

What Do the Advocates Say?*

Some fitness advocates promote pea protein to boost the protein intake of vegetarians and vegans. The amino acids in pea protein are said to be nearly as well-used as those from animal proteins and better used than protein from other plant sources like soy, but researchers have not yet determined whether this is true. Peas are unlikely allergens compared to dairy and soy, don’t aggravate lactose intolerance, and, unlike soy, are usually not genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
*Athletes and fitness advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.

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