Pea protein has a benefit over many other protein sources, as it is not derived from any allergenic foods, such a whey or soya. Pea protein is rich in essential amino acids, which are essential for muscle maintenance and building. Unlike animal protein sources, most plant protein sources do not contain a complete essential amino acid profile. Pea protein it is relatively low in the essential amino acid methionine. This is why it is important to use a blend of plant-protein sources that have complimentary essential amino acids. Despite this however, pea protein is a good source of the three branched-chain essential amino acids, which are actively involved in muscle maintenance and growth. Pea protein has a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid (PDCAA) score of 89.3% (whey=100%). The PDCAA score evaluates the quality of a protein based on the amino acid requirements of humans and their ability to digest it. An added benefit is that pea protein is a rich source of iron, which ensures muscles function properly and assists with muscle recovery by helping to produce new cells and protein. A benefit of pea protein is that it is easy to digest, unlike whey protein which may cause gas, bloating and digestive discomfort. Pea protein is suitable for those with common food allergies or who are gluten-intolerant.
As with pea protein, rice protein also does not contain any common food allergens. Like most other plant proteins, it is not a complete source of essential amino acids, but pairs well with pea protein as it contains high amounts of the essential amino acid methionine, which is limited in pea protein. Rice protein is limited in the essential amino acid lysine, but pea protein is abundant in this amino acid, making pea and rice protein the perfect pair! As with pea protein, rice protein is also easily digested and abundant in the branched chain amino acids. The PDCAA score of rice protein is 65% (whey=100%).
Erythritol is called a sugar alcohol and is a natural alternative to table sugar (sucrose). It is naturally found in some fruits like grapes and watermelon and in fermented foods like cheese and wine. It is produced in mass volumes via fermentation of glucose (which is typically obtained from the starch of corn) by fungi. Erythritol has no effect on blood sugar levels (it has a glycemic index of only 1) or blood insulin levels, so is a great sugar alternative for diabetics. It is about 60-70% as sweet as table sugar and has almost no calories (100kJ/100g). Another added benefit is that it doesn't cause tooth decay like table sugar does because bacteria cannot metabolise sugar alcohols.
Hemp seed powder is a nutrient-dense, all-rounder food ingredient. It has a high protein (35%) content compared to other nuts and seeds and contains all nine of the essential amino acids with a PDCAA score of 61%. Hemp seed is also high in fibre (38%) and contains many vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron. Hemp seeds contain a good amount of healthy unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic acid (an omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3), in a healthy ratio of 3:1 (omega 6: omega 3).
Maca root powder comes from the maca plant Lepidium meyenii which originates in Peru. Maca root contains a good amount of some essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium and many others! It is also a pretty good source of fibre (15%) and protein (10%) and has a naturally sweet taste.
Carob powder is made from roasted and dried carob pods from the carob tree Ceratonia siliqua. It can be used as an alternative to cocoa powder or as a natural sweetener which adds a unique, nutty taste. Like cocoa, carob contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of fibre (10%).
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential vitamin for the body with many health benefits which needs to be consumed daily, as the body cannot produce its own vitamin C. Plants contain compounds called phytates which bind to iron and reduces its absorption by the body. Consuming vitamin C is one of the best ways to help boost iron absorption. According to the National Institutes of Health, most adults need around 65mg-90mg of vitamin C per day. A serving of POWA protein blends contains 100% of the daily required amount of vitamin C for the average adult. However, the body is able to absorb more than this on a daily basis but when consumed in excess volumes, it is simply excreted in the urine.
Stevia is extracted from the leaves of the plant called Stevia rebaudiana. It is a non-nutritive sweetener, which means it has almost no calories (only 15kJ/100g). This is because it contains glycosides which are not digested by the body but instead are passed through in the urine. It is about 200 times more sweet than table sugar (sucrose) but it is great for diabetics to use as a sweetener because it has a glycemic index of 0 (sucrose = 65).
Cocoa powder gives the POWA Chocolate variant its chocolate flavour. Cocoa is extracted from de-shelled, fermented and roasted cacao beans from the Theobroma cacao tree by cold-pressing to separate most of the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids. Roasting helps to develop a more chocolate flavour and gives the cocoa some sweetness. Cocoa powder contains antioxidants called flavanols, which have shown to have health-giving properties. Cocoa is also a good source of fibre and some minerals, especially magnesium, copper and iron.
Coconut flour gives the POWA Original variant its neutral but tasty flavour, while adding nutritional value. Coconut flour is made by drying coconut flesh and then grinding it into a powder. Although it is called a 'flour' it doesn't contain any grains or gluten. Coconut flour is a good source of protein (18%), fibre (39%) and iron and is naturally high in good saturated fats called medium-chain triglycerides, which have shown to confer some health benefits.
Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages, which is why we had to create the POWA Coffee variant for all the coffee lovers out there! Apart from making you feel less tired, caffeine (which is naturally present in coffee) has other benefits including increasing your metabolic rate and helping to improve physical performance by stimulating fat break down to make free fatty acids available to use as a fuel and by increasing adrenaline levels in your blood. Coffee also contains a handful of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is low in calories (363kJ/100g). The POWA Coffee variant contains high quality 100% coffee, equating to about one cup of coffee per 30g serving.
*It's important to note that caffeine should be consumed in moderate amounts to avoid negative side effects
Moringa oleifera, a tree native to India, also colloquially known as the “Miracle Tree”, owing to its high nutritional value and traditional medicinal uses. The tree can grow in tropical and subtropical regions and can withstand harsh conditions, making it an easily cultivated and sustainable plant. The Moringa leaves have high nutritional value, being a rich source of many minerals, particularly iron, potassium and calcium, a handful of vitamins, particularly vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, antioxidants, and protein, containing all essential amino acids. It's no wonder it's been described as one of the most nutritious plants in the world! You can find moringa leaf powder in the POWA 'Just Protein' variant for added goodness.
ROASTED PEANUT POWDER
Roasted defatted peanut powder is made by pressing out the oil of the peanuts, followed by roasting and then grinding the nuts into a fine powder. This yields a more concentrated protein source which is lower in fat (and calories, too) than ordinary peanut butter, with a great taste. The roasting process destroys trypsin inhibitors by the application of heat, resulting in a more digestible protein source. Peanut powder is an excellent source of fibre, some of the B- vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), as well as a handful of minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus, selenium and zinc).
The sea salt used in the POWA peanut butter protein blend is made by evaporating seawater, yielding natural sea salt. Sea salt is naturally a source of sodium but also contains other minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium. Sodium is important for controlling blood pressure and is necessary for nerve and muscle function, normal cell function and to maintain acid balance in the blood. However too much sodium in the diet can contribute to several health conditions, as such, it is recommended to not consume more than 2000mg of sodium per day for adults (equivalent to 5g salt/day).