Isolation and study of the functional properties of pea proteins

Nahrung. 2001 Oct;45(6):399-401. doi: 10.1002/1521-3803(20011001)45:6<399::AID-FOOD399>3.0.CO;2-0.


Proteins of pea seeds were isolated after defatting with hexane using alkaline (0.1 M sodium hydroxide) extraction and acid (HCl) precipitation. Concentrates were also prepared by hexane extraction and ethanolic extraction (pH = 5). Gross chemical composition amino acid content and functional properties (solubility profile, emulsifying--and foaming properties, water--and oil absorption) were studied. The results were compared with the same parameters of soy and lupin protein products. Although the majority of functional characteristics of isolates were lower in comparison to soy isolates, pea protein concentrate and isolate could be successfully used in bakery products for enrichment in protein and improvement of biological value. Their utilization as meat protein substitute in some Frankfurter type sausages is also possibly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Biological Availability
  • Food, Fortified / standards
  • Humans
  • Meat Products / standards
  • Pisum sativum / chemistry*
  • Plant Proteins, Dietary* / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins, Dietary* / isolation & purification
  • Plant Proteins, Dietary* / metabolism
  • Seeds / chemistry*
  • Solubility


  • Amino Acids
  • Plant Proteins, Dietary