Sun Warrior manufacturer features 2 organic protein powders: Warrior Blend and Classic Protein. Being that organic products have an increasing demand, let’s review those 2 protein to see what they’re made of and, most important, if they are 100% organic certified.
Sunwarrior Warrior Blend
This protein is, as the name suggests, a blend from 3 sources of vegan protein: hemp, pea and cranberry. Given that the hemp protein doesn’t provide us with all essential and non-essential amino acids, it must be mixed with protein from other sources in order to deliver a complete amino acids profile.
Hemp is a fast absorbing protein (this is a variety of Cannabis called Industrial Hemp which, opposite to Marijuana, contains low levels of THC [the psychoactive ingredient] and high levels of CBD [the anti - psychoactive ingredient]).
Raw hemp delivers 10 amino acids, fatty acids like Omega 3 and Omega 6, minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium, fibers and, very important, it is the only source of edestin, which is a plant protein that is extremely similar to the protein produced by the human body and which assimilates extremely fast.
Pea protein has some benefits, like a very high absorption rate (over 90%) and easy digestibility. But, same as hemp, it is rich in essential amino acids and should be combined with protein from different sources in order to obtain a full amino acids profile.
Cranberry protein is rich in essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids, but it also contain non-essential amino acids, Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. It is also a good source of fiber and an excellent antioxidant.
What I don’t like about this brand is that they are missing the USDA certification. So basically they say it is 100% organic and we have to take their word for it.
This product is available in 3 different flavors: natural, chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate and vanilla flavors have 4g of carbs for each 21g serving and this is too much for what I want. However, the natural flavor has only 1g of carbs for each 21g serving and an astonishing 17g of protein. This gives us an 81% protein concentration, which is very good for a WPC.
It doesn’t have soy or any emulsifiers, it is enriched with medium chain triglycerides (MCT), it doesn’t have any GMOs, solvents, radiation or artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. All organic protein powders are known to be hypoallergenic so if you have an allergy condition, these organic protein powders could be awesome for you.
Based on nutritional info and brand quality I would rate the Warrior Blend as an 8/10.
Sunwarrior Classic Protein
Sun Warrior classic protein powder is made entirely out of brown rice. To separate the carbohydrates from proteins, brown rice is treated with enzymes instead of acid or chemicals, so this is a plus for this product. The main problem with this particular protein problem is this one: it is made entirely out of brown rice, which has low levels of lysine. For a complete amino acids profile, brown rice protein should be mixed with pea protein in order to provide a balanced amino acids profile. But this is not the case with this product so, as far as I am concerned, this is a huge minus.
Nutrition information reveals that the natural flavor has 17g of protein in each 21g serving, which is very good. It also has salt and 2g of carbohydrates. The aminogram is also good as we have around 3.5g of BCAA per serving and also 3g of glutamic acid.
But what I see in the other 2 flavors (vanilla and chocolate) really troubles me. Both of the flavors have only 15g of protein per 21g serving and, most important, they both use Xanthan Gum as emulsifier. Well .. correct me if I’m mistaking, but emulsifiers doesn’t mean organic. There’s no point in debating now the ups and downs for Xanthan Gum, but it is an industrial emulsifier mainly used for thickening purposes. It could be that this is one of the reasons for which they didn’t get the USDA certification.
Overall I would rate this Classic Protein as a 6/10 because of using only 1 ingredient (brown rice) and also for the presence of Xanthan Gum in the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors.