Soy sauce has been used for hundreds of years and in the past century even more so as a favorite food seasoning. However, countless health concerns and potential issues with soy cause have been brought up over the past decade or two and a lot of people have been looking for possible substitutes. Enter Coconut Aminos, a coconut based sauce whose creators seem to believe they have resolved all the possible issues soy sauce had, such as making their sauce gluten free, GMO-free and not filled with enzyme inhibitors.
So let us have a real good look at what is coconut aminos and how it compares to other products out there. So let us have at what can be found in Coconut Aminos. The basis for this product is organic Coconut tree sap, harvested straight from coconut trees. The sap is then blended with mineral rich sea salt. The hand-made nature of the product may leave every bottle slightly different in flavor and color than the last one you saw, don’t worry this is completely normal because the sap is naturally harvested. The product can be held in a refrigerator for about 10 days after opening.
Coconut Amino Ingredients
The product is made in separate facilities but packed in facilities that may also bottle peanut and walnut oils, which is one way the product may, after all, get contaminated by some gluten. This is very unlikely, though, as the machines are regularly cleaned to the highest standard, but it is a fair warning to you if you are on a gluten-free diet.
Coconut Aminos Nutrition
Speaking from a nutritional standpoint Coconut Aminos is a fairly simple product. I will break it down on a 100g sample, which is, of course, more than you will ever use at once. First up let me say that the product does not contain three of the most common nutrients at all. Fats, protein and cholesterol are completely absent from Coconut Aminos. Carbohydrates are present in the product, with 20 grams of carbs per 100 grams of the product. Other than that the product contains sodium, but in levels much lower than soy sauce and some vitamins B, C as well as various minerals. 100 grams of the product will give you about 100 calories, meaning a common dosage of 5mg will give you 5 calories, a very small amount.
Coconut Aminos Health Benefits
Coconut Aminos is not super rich in nutrients and thus does not provide too many health benefits on its own. However, the fact it lacks many things is actually what makes it quite healthy, or rather a healthier option than soy sauce or other possible alternatives.
For starters, Coconut Amino does not contain very high sodium levels. The alternative sauces contain really high amounts of sodium and too much sodium can really hurt you. This is one of the reasons Coconut Aminos is a healthier option.
Next up, Coconut Aminos does not contain soy. GMO is all you hear about these days, and those of you watching out for potential GMO contamination should also consider Aminos because unlike soy sauce which can often come from GMO or GMO contaminated soy beans, Coconut Aminos is completely GMO-free.
Coconut Aminos is also completely gluten free. If you are suffering from celiac disease or general gluten intolerance you may consider it as a great replacement for other sauces you should not really be consuming due to those issues. Gluten free food is very sought after on the US market in recent years.
Finally, Coconut Aminos contains a blend of 17 different amino acids. While the product does not contain any protein, it contains tons of amino acids, which are building blocks of protein, and the naturally occurring amino acids which can be found in Coconut Aminos supply a number of health benefits. The various minerals and vitamins present can also certainly help with health in various ways, but you will not be taking in enough Aminos to really get much from these.
Coconut Liquid Aminos
This is where a lot of people get kind of confused. Coconut Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos is actually one and the same thing. People probably get this confused with Bragg Liquid Aminos, a soy-based sauce which is similar in many respects but is soy based, unlike the Coconut Aminos which is basically soy sap, collected from coconut trees.
Coconut Aminos Substitute
Now, there are many people who don’t have access to Coconut Aminos, find it less than optimal in taste or too expensive. For those people, there are alternatives. Some choose to buy other products while others simply make a sauce themselves to replace the Coconut Aminos. I have looked around and found a few possible recipes that you may find a good replacement for Coconut Aminos.
Here is one possible recipe:
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon coarse (granulated) garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
To prepare this sauce, mix the broth, vinegar, cider, molasses, pepper, garlic and ginger in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and keep on low temperature for about 10 minutes, no more, so as not to lose the flavors. Remove the pan and add salt and fish sauce. Stir it until it is all mixed well and store up to ten days in your fridge.
Coconut Aminos is a delicious sauce that can be a perfect replacement for soy sauce and generally great for vegans and other people trying to adhere to a healthy diet. It contains no gluten, is GMO-free and is very low in calorie counts. The amino acids present in it have a variety of potential health advantages and there is a really little reason not to use Coconut Aminos in your diet.
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