Pea Protein can be used in dairy alternatives such as cheeses and yogurt. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Pea Protein?
Pea protein is a pale yellow or milky colored powder. The protein is extracted from the yellow pea, Pisum sativum, and has a typical legume amino acid profile. It is used in a wide range of food applications. Some applications include: to bind fat and water in meat, fish, processed foods, soups and sauces; for the proteinenrichment of baked goods cereals and snacks; and in place of animal proteins in nutraceuticals. It can also be used in sports and clinical nutrition products
Possible Side Effects of Pea Protein
Pea Protein is generally considered a safe ingredient. The side effects may such as a weight gain, a decreasein kidney function or joint pain.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Pea Protein is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Pea Protein populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Pea Protein.
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