The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Faba Bean Protein!
A Vegan-friendly, Highly Nutritious, Plant-based Protein Powder
The Faba Bean, also known as the broad bean, is a rich source of proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It is a popular source of protein in many parts of the world, namely in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and South American diets. However, in countries where meat is the predominant source of proteins, its potential is yet to be exploited. Faba Bean protein powder is a vegan-friendly, highly nutritious plant-based protein powder that offers a natural source of protein and fibre, and is also 100% allergen free. This article explores the many benefits of Faba Bean protein powder and how these compare to other plant proteins available.
Rise of the Plant Protein
Plant protein popularity is undoubtedly on the rise. Not only is it a dairy-free, vegan-friendly alternative to traditional favourites such as whey protein, but it is now being recognised for its unique nutritional benefits. Studies have shown that incorporating faba bean protein into the diet can help to alleviate the rise in chronic diseases associated with modern living. And if that isn’t convincing enough, academics are currently investigating the use of faba bean as a meat replacement in the diet, in light of its greater sustainability. Therefore, faba bean protein is not just a ‘second-best’ option for those who choose not to eat meat or can’t tolerate dairy – but an exceptional food in its own right!
Why Faba Bean Protein?
Faba Bean is not the only plant-based protein available to take as a supplement. Others include brown-rice, pea and chicory inulin protein powders. But probably the most widely-used alternative is hemp protein powder. This is derived from whole, raw hemp seeds. Hemp powder is very high in both protein and fibre, and contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. From a consumer perspective this all sounds great, and it is – to an extent! Not all plant-based proteins are the same, ‘protein’ is a broad nutrient encapsulating many amino acids, both essential and non-essential. Therefore, 20 g of one protein source may not be directly comparable to 20g of another. Nutritionists can measure protein quality to establish how beneficial one source is compared to another, and the results can be enlightening!
Protein quality refers to how well the essential amino acid (EAA) profile of a protein matches the requirements of the body. In other words, just how well a protein can be utilised by the body. The current protein ranking standard in use is the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which is recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization. For reference, egg protein is considered whole and complete for digestion in the human body – and so is given a ‘complete’ PDCAAS score of 1.0. Hemp is currently scored at 0.61, and so is considered to be a lower quality, incomplete protein. In comparison, studies have shown faba bean protein to be comparable to casein and eggs in terms of protein quality – both of which are complete protein sources and have scores of 1.0. Therefore, gram-for-gram, faba bean protein is better utilised by the body and so you don’t have to supplement as much to get the benefits.
What about the taste?
As mentioned, hemp protein powder has many nutritional benefits. Unfortunately, when it comes to flavour such praise cannot be given. Hemp has a strong, earthy flavour and most who use it try to disguise this with other strong flavours in smoothies and yogurt. Some people have described hemp protein as having a gritty and muddy flavour, most likely because it is such a natural product – which isn’t a bad thing at all. However, faba bean protein has a completely neutral flavour and can be blended into milk, juice or even water without leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Whilst some will put up with an unpleasant taste for the sake of the benefits, surely it’s a plus to have a quality nutritional product that tastes great too!
Natural Nutrients Faba Bean Vegan Protein Powder
Faba Bean Protein comes packed with plant-based goodness, as well as an abundance of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B3, Potassium and Magnesium. With such a subtle natural taste, Faba Bean protein powder works great in shakes, smoothies or water. And for those who like a little flavour, we’ve created a great tasting blueberry flavour using natural ingredients and stevia only to sweeten.
Try our faba bean protein powder to experience these key nutritional benefits…
- Dairy protein alternative
- High protein content
- Vegetarian and vegan friendly
- High fibre
- Gluten free
- Soya free
- 100% natural
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