Pea protein builds muscle
Whey protein is good for building muscle, but some people can’t tolerate dairy. To find an alternate, doctors followed 161 men who had been exercising moderately for 2 to 6 hours per week without trying to build muscle. The men entered a 12-week weight training program three days per week while taking 50 grams of pea or whey protein per day, or a placebo.

After 12 weeks, the pea protein group had a 20.2 percent increase in bicep muscle thickness compared to 15.6 and 8.6 percent for whey and placebo, respectively. Both pea and whey groups saw about a 17 percent increase in strength, with less for placebo.

Reference: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition; January, 2015, Published Online.
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