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Jun 03, 2016

Review: Unived Pea Protein Powder for Vegans

Unived pea protein powder is the only all-vegan, plant-based protein powder in India.

WRITTEN BY

Yogesh Kumar

It was reviewed during a month-long period of endurance and strength exercises and several differences were noticed between pea and whey proteins.

With all the hype going around on veganism and plant-based diet, I decided to try it myself by making my body the platform of various experiments. I went through few research papers and documentaries about the benefits of plant-based diets and how helpful it is in athleticism. I was almost convinced without even trying it myself.

Although I have not been much of a non-vegetarian person before, I turned completely vegetarian from January 2016. I am training for Ironman triathlon for 2017 and other endurance races. I have participated in cross-country multi-stage mountain bike races, road bike races and ultras with almost no training or knowledge about nutrition. The result, I was barely able to finish them.

Proper nutrition and recovery is equally important as my training regimen if not more. It was the right time and I came to know about UnivedIndia’s only all-vegan nutraceutical company. They have a wide range of products, but I was more interested in trying out their pea protein supplement. I have been using whey protein for two years now to support my quick protein requirements post-workout. I used to think it was great and helping me in all the positive ways because it was the only protein powder supplement I had ever used.

Unived's Pea Protien jar. Source: Unived
Unived’s Pea Protien jar. Source: Unived

My workouts comprise both strength and cardio. I have been under a regular intense training regime from the start of this year and I can feel the changes in my body before and during the use of pea protein.

I started using the pea protein powder from mid-April and put aside my whey protein box. The oxidative stress is high after the training. I do weight-lifting as well to make my muscles stronger so that they don’t fatigue soon during long bike or run sessions.

Pea protein has been instrumental in developing my lean body mass which is clearly visible. I have lost 4kgs weight since the use of pea protein and reached my ideal “racing weight” in just a matter of a month.

Kuntal Joisher, brand ambassador of Unived, on the top of Everest in May 2016. Image ©: Mingma Tenji Sherpa
Kuntal Joisher, brand ambassador of Unived, on the top of Everest in May 2016. Image ©: Mingma Tenji Sherpa

This pea protein is also used by Kuntal Joisher, a vegan mountaineer from Mumbai who climbed Mt. Everest in May 2016 amongst many other endurance athletes in India like Kieren D’Souza, first Indian to participate at Spartathlon this year in September.

The best thing about pea protein powder is that it is gluten and lactose free, so no bloating or gastric problem unlike whey proteins. It also ensures good digestibility. It is a safe option for those who are allergic to lactose or milk products. It has a rich, balanced and fairly good amount of all the amino acids, both Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and Non-Essential Amino Acids. Without going too deep in detail, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in the body. They help in fast recovery and muscle growth. Essential Amino Acids are those which are not produced in the body and have to be taken from outside in the form of supplement.

One scoop of Unived Pea Protein has 4200 mgs of BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids). It promotes the growth of lean body mass which is useful in endurance athleticism. It has all the EAAs like Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine with perfect proportion of each one of it. Leucine always gets a special mention as it aids in protein synthesis and hence, it powers muscle growth. It is an important component for bodybuilders. One scoop of it has 2063mg of Leucine. The best part of it was that it is naturally cholesterol free with no fillers, additives, allergens or GMOs (Genetically Modified Objects).

Pea is particularly high in arginine, lysine and phenylalanine, and it is rich of these amino acids plus glumtamine (reduces fatigue and increases growth hormone).  It all helped me a great deal in fast recovery, less inflammations and fatigue.

Source: Unived
Source: Unived

It has a wide array of minerals as well like Sodium, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Iron and Calcium.

Unived Pea Protein Powder
One scoop (38.07gms, which is huge) of Unived Pea Protein gives 25gms of protein, 1.7gms of fat and 9.73gms of carbohydrates. A serving of 38.07gm has 5.42gm of sugar and .46gm of saturated fatty acid. It is not essentially a protein powder with the entire minerals, sugar quantity and the size of a scoop (154KCal), it is better to call it as MRP (Meal Replacement Product)

Pea protein keeps you satiated for long by lower the ghrelin levels. Ghrelin is secreted by stomach to signal the sensation of hunger. Thus, it helps in weight loss. It is generally more concentrated than whey protein. Since pea powder is a dehydrated product and it doesn’t have any emulsifiers, it has to blend well to make it smooth and hydrate. As it has to be blended first, it makes it hard for people who want to carry it to their workplace, take it on-the-go or during travel. It is best taken with nuts and fruits to give it a creamy texture and enhance its taste. It doesn’t stick to the side of the blender.

Comparison between Unived's Lean Vs. Whey protein. Source: Unived
Comparison between Unived’s Lean Vs. Whey protein. Source: Unived

A 1.14kg container of Unived Pea Protein costs Rs. 3,400 which makes it slightly expensive than many whey protein powders. A container gives 30 scoops which could last for a month for one scoop a day. As soon as my pea protein stock got over and with nothing in hand, I had to switch back to my old whey scoop. I could instantly feel the changes. I didn’t feel my body was recovering soon from previous workouts. I could feel the inflammations and had to bring down my training intensity for the next couple of days. It also caused stomach distress and I suffered bloating post-workouts. In a nutshell, I would definitely recommend Unived’s Pea Protein to anyone over whey proteins.

Pros: Good digestibility, Heart friendly, Gluten + Lactose free, Fast recovery, Green product (Plant-based)

Cons: Mixability (Not instant to prepare or take it on-the-go), Price

Specifications:

  • Good digestibility and gentle on stomach
  • High in arginine
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Promotes lean body mass and muscle growth

Price: Rs. 3,400 for 1.14kg

Buy it here.

Feature Image ©: Unived

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Adventure Travel

Jul 31, 2018

Kayaking’s Elite Return to India at the Malabar River Festival

During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.

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WRITTEN BY

Brooke Hess

A $20,000 purse attracted some of the world’s best kayakers to the region for an epic week battling it out on some of India’s best whitewater.

The kayaking events at Malabar River Festival were held on the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, and the Iruvajippuzha River, in South India on the Malabar Coast. The festival was founded and organized by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the first whitewater kayaking school in South India.

Photo: Akash Sharma

“Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there”

One of the goals of the festival is to promote whitewater kayaking in the state of Kerala and encourage locals to get into the sport. One of the event organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, feels that the festival plays a large part in promoting the sport within the community.  “The kayak community is building up through the Malabar Festival. Quite a few people are picking up kayaking… It starts with people watching the event and getting curious.  GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

Vaijayanthi is not lying when she says the kayak community is starting to build up.  In addition to the pro category, this year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers. The intermediate competition saw a huge turnout of 22 competitors in the men’s category and 9 competitors in the women’s category. Even the professional kayakers who traveled across the world to compete at the festival were impressed with the talent shown by the local kayakers. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, and the winner of the men’s pro competition had nothing but good things to say about the local kayakers. “I have so much respect for the local kayakers. I was stoked to see huge improvements from these guys since I met them in 2015. It was cool to see them ripping up the rivers and also just trying to hang out and ask as many questions about how to improve their paddling. It was awesome to watch them racing and making it through the rounds. Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

 

“It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake”

Vaijayanthi says the festival has future goals of being named a world championship.  In order to do this, they have to attract world class kayakers to the event.  With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses coming out for the pro competition, it already seems like they are doing a good job of working toward that goal! The pro competition was composed of four different kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal race down a technical rapid. “The Finals of the extreme racing held on the Malabar Express was the favourite event for me. It was an epic rapid to race down. 90 seconds of continuous whitewater with a decent flow. It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake.” says Dawson.

Photo: Akash Sharma

The impressive amount of prize money wasn’t the only thing that lured these big name kayakers to Kerala for the festival. Many of the kayakers have stayed in South India after the event ended to explore the rivers in the region. With numerous unexplored jungle rivers, the possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless. Dawson knows the exploratory nature of the region well.  “I’ve been to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I loved it then, and that’s why I’ve been so keen to come back. Kerala is an amazing region for kayaking. In the rainy season there is so much water, and because the state has tons of mountains close to the sea it means that there’s a lot of exploring and sections that are around. It’s a unique kind of paddling, with the rivers taking you through some really jungly inaccessible terrain. Looking forward to coming back to Kerala and also exploring the other regions of India in the future.”

 

For more information on the festival, visit: http://www.malabarfest.com/

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