All Hail Mighty Pea; The High Performing Protein Powerhouse!

Legume Express explains why protein powders such as pea-proteins & other vegan proteins are better in comparison to their traditional animal-based counterparts.

Well, they say we now live in the age of Whole Foods Market and loving plant-based is no more tree hugging but new cool, and the traditional “food pill — or potion — notion is finally starting to catch on”. This potion notion refers to the obsession of millennials with the protein and other food supplements.

There is no denying that the way today's’ youth who are at the forefront of mindful eating and living think of food and nutrition remarkably different than that of their parents.

Protein powders and its vegan upgrade is very understated but probably one of the most remarkable and important trends that might be around us now. Pea protein, for instance is made by grinding the peas down into a powder and then removing the starch and fibre which results in leftover of concentrated vegan protein. This particular types of extracted protein are much more environmentally cleaner than its animal-based predecessors, which often relied on mass-produced dairy and poultry industries, industries which are providing us livestock but costing us the future. It is almost nonsensical to be doing what we have been doing for the last few decades.

Unsustainable feed-to-food model

There are tonnes of academic and industrial research telling us to get up and think straight. For instance, back in 2016 about a third of all of the grain produced in the global food system was fed to livestock. It is claimed that these quantity of grains are enough to feed about 4 billion people for a year. Talk about global hunger!

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, the core of the problem is the fact that about 86% of all the grains produced as animal feed are not suitable for human consumption but they never-the-less take up big chunks of agricultural land capable of producing much more leaner, cleaner, sustainable and nutritious human food instead of the current inefficient and environmentally dangerous feed-to-food model.

Half of what livestock eats being cereals such as maize and wheat, we also are in a great risk of reducing biodiversity as we only now grow smaller and smaller varieties of things.

This puts the global food security at a very risky place. Additional to that, generating nearly 15% of our total CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions per year, and needing more than 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilo of beef.

No matter how clean, shiny and appealing a plate of steak looks, in an environmental sense they are not clean at all. Call it organic, grass-fed, free-range or all the fancy name one can give the reality is far harsher than the simple claim of animal cruelty, which society doesn't seem to care (given the state of current law & its practice throughout the world). Our survival, planetary sustainability and food security are at stake. Therefore, if we do not care about those poor animals at least care for your own sake because each irresponsible meal we choose will come back to bite us at some point.

So next time you come across a pack of legume in a supermarket shelf, or drink a vegan protein powder, think of how mighty these unassuming, tiny little beans and peas are!

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