April 25, 2016

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Pea Milk: Plant-Based, Protein-Rich and Planet-Friendly (Julie Upton April 25, 2016, US News)

Made of yellow split peas, Ripple plant-based milk offers some interesting perks compared to its non-dairy peers.

While protein-rich soy milk has fallen out of favor (primarily due to its taste), sales of almond, coconut and other dairy-free milks are soaring. But, unlike soy milk, they have little or no protein. Ripple, which is made from split peas - a legume cousin of soybeans - has the same protein content of cow's milk (8 grams per serving), but packs in more calcium, vitamin D, iron and DHA omega-3 fatty acid, mostly thanks to fortification. In addition, some preliminary studies with pea protein-based beverages show they may enhance feelings of fullness, and one study reported pea protein to provide similar muscle-building properties as whey (dairy) protein.

While all dairy-free options are lighter on the land than cow's milk, Ripple may be more sustainable because split peas require less water to grow, compared to "thirsty" almonds and other tree nuts. According to Ripple, its milk produces 70 to 76 percent fewer greenhouse gases compared to almond milk or dairy milk, respectively.

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