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Pea-Based Protein Powder after Weight Loss Surgery

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Question: My friend used a pea-based protein powder after bariatric surgery. Is this a good protein to use?

Our Registered Dietitian Answers:

The pea, hemp, and bean protein powders can be a good source of additional protein when used in a balanced diet. However, after surgery your stomach is much smaller and the hemp, bean, pea proteins don’t contain all the essential amino acids that the body needs. This means that they are not complete proteins. And, because your volumes are limited after surgery, I recommend patients to use a protein powder that does have all the essential amino acids. Complete protein powders are whey protein isolate or concentrate and soy protein isolate or concentrate.

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US-registered Bariatric Dietitian

US-registered Bariatric Dietitian
Katelyn Mock is a US-registered Bariatric Dietitian certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With more than 8 years of experience in formulating and reviewing diet programs across various hospital settings, Katelyn has also served as the Lead Bariatric Dietitian for the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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