Split Pea

If you are eating a balanced diet, chances are you get sufficient protein. Unless you are working out, you don’t really need much protein. About 0.5 gms per pound only. If you are working out, this can go up to 1 gm per pound. For those who are vegetarian, even this can be a challenge. The traditional source of protein is dairy. If you don’t eat eggs, which many don’t, it is truly a complicated life. You are then relying on milk, yogurt and maybe soy. I even tried hemp, but found it hard to build it into my diet on a regular basis.

Therefore, when you discover split peas, your eyes light up. Its as though you can now walk on water. This is because split peas is an excellent source of protein. A serving of pea protein can have up to 25 gms of protein. Anyone scavenging for protein knows that is a lot. In addition, it has an excellent amino acid composition. It also reduce the secretion of gherlin a.k.a. the hunger hormone. This makes you less hungry. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure. Plant based proteins are believed to reduce the risk or coronary diseases. Since it is plant based, it has a high fiber content. This brings the carbohydrate content to almost zero. This is excellent news for those watching their carb intake. One of the common myths of plant based protein is that it does not help build muscles. However, pea protein has  the highest levels of I-arginine. I-arginine is the amino acid that helps you build muscles.

The best way to consume pea protein is to combine it with brown rice protein. This completes the amino acid profile. There are no side effects of consuming pea protein. In fact, many doctors recommend balancing your protein intake by also sourcing it from plants. Unless you are one of those who make the case that plants too have lives and therefore should not be eaten, that is.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.