Sol Sunflower Review

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

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Sol Sunflower is an alternative to traditional cow, soy and rice milk derived from the sunflower. Because the milk is sourced from sunflowers, the product is rich in vitamins and nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids. Among the vitamins supplied by one serving of Sol Sunflower are Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Calcium, Vitamin D and Folic Acid. Sol Sunflower is available in original, vanilla and unsweetened. There is a PDF information page available for the three Sol Sunflower products that reveals the ingredient list and nutritional information for each.

List of Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Filtered Water
  • Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Sunflower Kernels
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • Tricalcium Phosphate
  • Organic Tapioca Starch
  • Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Guar Gum
  • Natural Flavor
  • Carrageenan
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Vitamin D2
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin E

Product Features

Some of the ingredients are slightly different than the ones we’ve listed. For instance, the vanilla version contains vanilla and the unsweetened version contains no organic evaporated cane juice. The unsweetened variety of Sol Sunflower is the best option for dieters as it contains just 45 calories and 1 net carbohydrate per serving.

Sol Sunflower is not necessarily a diet food; rather, it is an alternative to milk. Milk tends to be rich in natural sugars (lactose) and fat. Even if you choose skim milk you are still consuming more than the 45 calories supplied by one serving of Sol Sunflower.

The company does mislead the dieter a bit, however. Some of the vitamins in the product are added – they are not naturally sourced from the sunflower seed. We noticed vitamin A, vitamin D2, folic acid and vitamin E on the ingredient label. The sunflower milk would still be extremely healthy even if these vitamins were not added, but the aftereffect is a stronger nutritional label.

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Advantages

  • Sol Sunflower comes in a shelf stable package – no need to refrigerate.
  • One serving supplies just 45 calories.
  • May be a good alternative for children and adults with milk and nut allergies.
  • Available in sweetened, vanilla or unsweetened.

Disadvantages

  • May not taste great.
  • The sweetened varieties contain up to twice as many calories as unsweetened Sol Sunflower.

Conclusion

We love the fact that more and more companies are catering to the alternative lifestyle. Nut and milk allergies are extremely common in children, but some alternatives like soy milk have an unpleasant taste. Sol Sunflower gives consumers a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, relatively low-fat alternative to cow’s milk.

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