Q. What is pea protein?
A. Pea protein is made from dehydrated yellow split peas. One ounce of pea protein provides about 25 grams of protein, about the same amount as a 3-ounce serving of chicken, fish, or meat. Pea protein is also high in fiber and contains no saturated fat. Pea protein doesn't contain all of the nine essential amino acids your body needs, but you can get the other amino acids you need by consuming other plant proteins, including beans, nuts, and seeds, in the same day as the pea protein.
Using peas as a source of protein has become more common due to concerns about allergies to other protein sources, such as soy, dairy, and eggs. You'll find pea protein in some protein powders and shakes, along with other prepared foods and beverages.