Give peas a chance: why pea protein is leading the whey

Protein-packed dried and ground yellow split peas are 2017’s first big food trend. Anyone for a piece of pea pizza?

What with crickets still being a bit of a hard sell, food manufacturers have been trying to come up with new alternative sustainable protein sources to wean us off meat. Now food companies are hoping we will give peas a chance. Pea protein, extracted from dried and ground yellow split peas, has made it on to lists of 2017 food trends, probably because it crosses over into so many other trends – high-protein diets, plant-based eating and those avoiding meat, gluten and dairy.

You can buy pea milk to replace cow or soya milk; gym-goers can choose pea protein powder over whey shakes. You can get high-protein pizzas made with pea flour, pea-protein sauces, protein bars made from the stuff, and some gyms add it to pancakes and smoothies. According to Mintel, the number of products containing pea protein grew by 195% between 2013 and 2016.

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