Sun Warrior Protein Powder Nutrition Facts and Ingredients Review

After reviewing the ingredients and nutrition facts for Sun Warrior protein powder, let’s first talk about what I do like about Sun Warrior products:

  1. SunWarrior Classic Plus, Warrior Blend and Lean Meal Illumin8 all contain 100% organic ingredients. I give the unflavored “Natural” blends for Classic Plus and Warrior Blend a big thumbs up.
  2. SunWarrior reformulated their protein powders with added sugar and now none of their powders have added sugar or artificial sweeteners (they use organic stevia extract).
  3. I’m a fan of the organic, sprouted whole food ingredients they use.
  4. SunWarrior is privately-owned, which means they haven’t been bought by a mega-corporation that puts profits over health (like Vega and Garden of Life, for example).
  5. The price is right with Sun Warrior … their most expensive protein (Illumin8) costs around $.05/gram, which is less than other premium plant protein powders.

However …

There are also some red flag ingredients (cue dramatic music) in many of Sun Warrior’s powders you may want to think twice about if you have digestive issues or if nutrition/ingredients are your top priority when choosing a protein powder.

Find out more in this SunWarrior protein review …

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SunWarrior Protein Powder Review

Like my other protein powder reviews (PlantFusion, Garden of Life, etc.), my analysis is based on the health and nutrition of Sun Warrior protein powder blends … NOT their taste.

I sell a protein powder so I am clearly biased … but this is a short checklist I use when buying most packaged products:

  • Organic, clean, plant-based, real food ingredients
  • No added sugars or other artificial sweeteners used
  • None of these junk ingredients:
    • Soy
    • Corn
    • Dairy
    • Gluten
    • Flavors
    • Gums

SunWarrior meets most of these criteria …

Here’s a summary of what’s in each of their 7 protein powder products:

SunWarrior Classic Protein
$23.99
sunwarrior protein classic
Calories: 80
Grams of Protein: 15
Grams of Sugar: 1
Protein Sources: Rice
Free of Natural Flavors: No (except for the Natural version)
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No (except for the Natural version)
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.03

 

Classic Protein Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

sunwarrior classic protein nutrition facts review

Classic Plus Protein
$23.99
classic plus protein powder
Calories: 100
Grams of Protein: 18
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Organic pea, organic rice, organic quinoa, organic chia, organic amaranth
Free of Natural Flavors: No (except for the Natural version)
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No (except for the Natural version)
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.03

 

Classic Plus Protein Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

 

sun warrior classic plus protein nutrition facts label

Warrior Blend Organic Protein Powder
$39.99
warrior blend powder
Calories: 100
Grams of Protein: 16
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Organic pea, organic hemp
Free of Natural Flavors: No (except for the Natural version)
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.05

 

Warrior Blend Protein Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

Sun Warrior Blend Organic Protein Powder

Lean Meal Illumin8 Protein Powder
$43.97

Lean Meal Illumin8 reviews

Calories: 140
Grams of Protein: 15
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Organic pea
Free of Natural Flavors: No
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.06

 

Illumin8 Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

Illumin8 Nutrition Facts Ingredients

Clean Greens & Protein
$39.99

sunwarrior Clean Greens and Protein

Calories: 100
Grams of Protein: 17
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Organic pea
Free of Natural Flavors: No
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.05

 

Clean Greens & Protein Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

Clean Greens & Protein reviews

Clean Keto Protein Powder
$44.95

sun warrior clean keto protein review

Calories: 280
Grams of Protein: 14
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Fava bean, Organic pea
Free of Natural Flavors: No
Free of Gums/Thickeners: Yes
Organic: No
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.06

 

Clean Keto Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

clean keto ingredients review

Collagen Building Protein Peptides
$34.95
sunwarrior collagen review
Calories: 80
Grams of Protein: 14
Grams of Sugar: 0
Protein Sources: Organic pea, Organic rice
Free of Natural Flavors: No
Free of Gums/Thickeners: No
Organic: Yes
Vegan: Yes
Cost Per Gram: $.06

 

Collagen Building Protein Peptides Nutrition Facts/Ingredients:

Collagen Building Protein Peptides Nutrition Facts

Ingredients I Don’t Like In SunWarrior Protein Powder Blends

On Sun Warrior’s website, they say:

We believe that plants provide the cleanest and most powerful foods, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients. Our bodies crave real food, especially in this age where we heavily process everything we eat, stripping out all the benefits and nutrition well before we have a chance to use them.

That’s something SunWarrior and I definitely agree on.

As I mentioned, SunWarrior has a lot of good things going for it: organic ingredients, no/low sugar, probiotics, quality protein sources.

I actually highly recommend all of their “natural” products for anyone looking for a cheap, organic, plant-based protein powder:

But

There are some concerns I have with a few of SunWarrior protein powders (the flavored versions, at least).

Concern #1: Most SunWarrior Protein Powders Have “Natural” Flavors

David Andrews, Senior Scientist at the Environmental Working Group, says:

Natural and artificial flavors really aren’t that different. And those “natural flavors” can actually contain synthetic chemicals! You’re right to be skeptical of the word “natural” – it’s often thrown around loosely.

“Natural” flavors may contain 50 to 100 ingredients, many of which may be chemical solvents and preservatives.
Personally, I avoid products that have them because food manufacturers don’t have to disclose what’s actually in them. Read more about natural flavors here.

If you use Sun Warrior protein powder, I recommend checking with them to see what’s in their “flavor” compounds.

Concern #2: Gums in All Sun Warrior Protein Powders 

Gums are common food additives used to stabilize, emulsify, and thicken the texture of processed foods.

The flavored versions of Illumin8, Classic, Classic Plus, and Warrior Blend all contain gums (either xanthan or guar … they refer to the latter as “guar fiber” in Illumin8).

Xanthan gum can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Guar gum may lead to digestive side effects like abdominal cramps and diarrhea too.

I recommend avoiding them whenever possible, especially if you suffer from GI issues.

Sun Warrior Protein Reviews Summed Up

I recommend the “natural” versions of the following SunWarrior protein powder blends:

  1. Classic Plus Natural Protein
  2. Warrior Blend Organic Natural Protein
  3. Collagen Building Protein Peptides
  4. Classic Protein

SunWarrior’s other protein powders all have a combination of flavors and gums/emulsifiers. If those types of ingredients don’t matter to you and you’re just looking for a cheap organic plant-based protein, Sun Warrior is a solid choice.

But if you have a sensitive gut or are looking for the cleanest/healthiest option, you may want to try something without those ingredients.

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One thought on “Sun Warrior Protein Powder Nutrition Facts and Ingredients Review

  1. Joanne C. says:

    Thank you for doing so much research and posting it online. I appreciate being allowed access to reading it. My main concern for visiting your website was my quest for determining whether or not Hexane is used in the manufacturing process to extract the proteins from the plants in the making of plant protein powders. Your research has enlightened me to be a more informed label reader and also to know there are other things besides Hexane to watch out for.

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