Pea protein represents an extremely viable plant-based protein source that allows for the formulation of high-quality protein enriched foods. A&B Ingredients offers a wide range of pea protein isolates in a variety of forms that are ideal for health-conscious foods and diets based on a low glycemic index (GI) and/or high protein intake. These pea protein isolates are all non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and contain 85% to 90% protein. They are highly digestible (>98%), gluten free and they exhibit low incidents of allergens and low levels of anti-nutritional factors.
These pea protein isolates can replace a significant percentage of other proteins in many food products without impacting the color, taste or texture of the product. This is especially important when considering the ever-growing move toward all-natural, clean label ingredients. Pea protein isolates have proven to be one of the most tolerated and accepted protein sources without high allergy issues. They are also grown in a more environmentally sustainable way than animal and soy alternatives.
An Extremely Viable Source
One of the most extremely viable plant-based protein sources comes from yellow peas. Far more sustainable than animal-based protein, pea protein easily allows for the formulation of high-quality protein enriched foods. That’s why more food manufacturers are looking at the benefits of using pea protein in their formulations more than ever before.
It seems that food manufacturers are not the only group to take notice of pea proteins. FoodBev Media voted pea protein as one of the top 10 food and beverage trends for 2017 saying “Pea protein is sustainable, non-allergenic and natural. It’s made from ground dried yellow peas with no added preservatives – exactly what the name implies. In 2016, health brands such as Bolthouse Farms and Bob’s Red Mill began to feature peas. The real story, however, is the Beyond Burger, the much-hyped burger alternative that even bleeds like real meat. It’s made from pea protein isolates and recently became available in the meat section at Whole Foods Market.”
The guardian.com, in a recent article, noted pea protein’s rise to fame “probably because it crosses over into so many other trends – high-protein diets, plant-based eating and those avoiding meat, gluten and dairy.
“You can buy pea milk to replace cow or soya milk; gym-goers can choose pea protein powder over whey shakes. You can get high-protein pizzas made with pea flour, pea-protein sauces, protein bars are made from the stuff, and some gyms add it to pancakes and smoothies. According to Mintel, the number of products containing pea protein grew by 195% between 2013 and 2016.”
Vegetable proteins also have a more natural and healthy aspect to them when compared to animal based proteins, which are often linked to health disorders.
Additional benefits of pea protein:
- Rich in Lysine and Arginine amino acids
- Low levels of anti-nutritional factors
- Kosher and Halal certified
Pisane® Organic Pea Protein
A&B Ingredients now offers Pisane® Organic Pea Protein. This pea protein was developed to specifically meet the needs of food and beverage manufacturers for senior nutrition, sports nutrition, weight management and gluten-free products. They are certified organic through Ecocert®.
Extracted from organic locally grown yellow peas using a gentle aqueous process, Pisane pea proteins can replace a significant percentage of other proteins in a range of nutritional products. Pea proteins are one of the most tolerated and accepted protein sources without high allergy issues associated with many other proteins. Pisane Organic provides a creamy texture, high solubility and good emulsifying properties. It is non-GMO, cholesterol-free and highly digestible.
Pisane Organic also fulfills the growing consumer demand for organic products. According to a recent Mintel study, more than one-third of respondents bought more organic foods/beverages than the year before. And, as noted in our recent blog Naturally Speaking — http://abingredients.com/naturally-speaking-pisane-top-10-choice/ — FoodBev Media voted pea protein as one of the top 10 food and beverage trends for 2017 saying ‘Pea protein is sustainable, non-allergenic and natural. It’s made from ground dried yellow peas with no added preservatives – exactly what the name implies.”
A&B ingredients is able to continue to feed the increased demand for this exceptional protein product thanks to the 2015 expansion of pea protein isolate product capacity at Cosucra’s Belgium production facility. This state-of-the-art Belgian facility uses only locally grown peas that are certified free of any genetic modification, thus enabling Pisane’s nutritional properties perfect for use in diverse applications like nutritional bars, granola bars, bread products, and high protein shakes and extruded crisps.
Pea protein isolates from A&B Ingredients, a leading developer, marketer and distributor of high-quality natural food ingredients. Among the products A&B provides are pea proteins, antioxidants, antimicrobials and natural and artificial flavors. Based on a tradition of research and development, A&B’s focus is to discover unique flavors and ingredients that enable its customers to create value-added products.