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