Dietary protein which provides essential amino acids including branch-chained amino acids (BCAAs) stimulates muscle synthesis, especially after exercise. It is therefore common for most people to associate high protein consumption with bodybuilding or athletes however, this macronutrient has far-reaching benefits that extend beyond just muscle gains. Increasing dietary protein may also improve weight maintenance and in particular, it may help to increase lean muscle mass while at the same time reducing body weight, specifically adipose tissue. In addition, protein improves appetite control, especially if consumed in higher amounts at breakfast as opposed to lunch or dinner. In fact, consuming more protein at breakfast reduces snacking, specifically higher carbohydrate consumption. It is of course important to note that the quality of protein as well as quantity will have different effects on weight management and other health parameters such as cardiovascular health as an example, given that not all proteins are created equal.
Choosing a protein supplement from the numerous options available on the market may seem endless and simply overwhelming. However, when scrutinizing the available range of supplemental proteins more closely, the choices quickly become very limited when it comes to truly clean, plant-based proteins. Just because a protein is plant-based, doesn’t mean that it is free of chemicals. USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified are two of the most important third party certifications for proteins and ideally, all supplements and foods being consumed. Together, the dual certification of USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified ensure limited exposure to toxic chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and GMO products which would otherwise be present in non-certified products.
Garden of Life’s mission of Empowering Extraordinary HealthÒ starts with the commitment in providing clean, whole food-based products which are free of any synthetic ingredients, artificial flavors or sweeteners and chemical preservatives. It also includes a focus on environmental sustainability, eco-friendly initiatives and philanthropy highlighted by the company’s B Corp status. Garden of Life’s dedication to guarantee truly clean products is guided by three main principles – whole food, USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.
RAW Organic Protein from Garden of Life is a unique blend of organic pea protein, organic sprouted seeds as well as probiotics and non-GMO enzymes that is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. There is a substantial difference in the quality and purity between pea protein powders made from conventional peas as compared to Certified Organic peas. Conventional peas are sprayed with over 30 different types of pesticides, including glyphosate. Certified Organic peas are grown on Certified Organic farms, which do not use synthetic chemicals or artificial fertilizers and, do not grow GMO crops. The organic peas are sun dried as opposed to being sprayed with fungicides which speed up the drying process of conventional peas prior to harvest. Garden of Life Organic pea protein is extracted by utilizing a water process and does not employ harsh chemical solvents commonly used with conventional pea protein.
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to vegan proteins, is that they may have poor bioavailability. While this may be the case for some types of proteins, organic peas are a great source of protein with a complete essential amino acid profile and a very high digestibility rating. RAW Organic Protein has added live probiotics including Lactobacillus plantarum and L. acidophilus which specifically help with protein digestion as well as non-GMO, vegan, protein-digesting enzymes. Organic pea protein delivers a robust amino acid profile with superior texture and solubility. It also has naturally elevated levels of the highly prized BCAAs – leucine, valine and isoleucine. These amino acids are utilized by exercising muscles as a fuel source and building material to prevent muscle loss and breakdown and additionally, help with insulin sensitivity and to lower cortisol. In addition, among all the vegan proteins being offered on the market, organic pea protein is extremely hypoallergenic, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
Garden of Life’s RAW Organic Protein provides 22 grams of protein per serving including all essential amino acids and 4 grams of BCAAs. This smooth, creamy and delicious protein further supports digestive health and function with 3 billion live probiotics per serving and vegan, non-GMO enzymes. RAW Food-Created NutrientsTM used exclusively by Garden of Life have also been added to the formula which include the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K to help with proper protein metabolism. RAW Organic Protein is Certified Vegan, NSF Gluten Free Certified, Informed-Choice Clean for Sport Certified and Kosher.