Pea protein is a food with a neutral taste that is used in dairy alternatives such as cheeses and yogurt. It is extracted from the yellow pea, Pisum sativum, and has a typical legume amino acid profile. Pea protein isolates are used by meat-alternative manufacturers, such as Ben & Jerry's, Daiya, Gardein, Beyond Meat, Ripple Foods, and Just Mayo.
The genotype of the pea plants affects properties of the protein. Pea protein contains legumin, which has some similar properties to casein, and pea protein products are promoted as an alternative to whey protein. Some marketing of pea protein is based on consumer concerns around genetic modification of soy plants.
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