Soy sauce is a common condiment in Asian cooking. It’s made from soybeans and gives dishes a rich intense taste.
Unfortunately, it also has high sodium content. A tablespoon of soy sauce can contain up to 1,000 mg of sodium.
Foods high in sodium can cause increased blood pressure and has been linked to thyroid dysfunction.
Additionally, a lot of soy sauce is produced using a highly chemical process.
I’ve developed a lot of interest in Asian food since the beginning of the year, which has led to including soy sauce in my diet.
However, as I’ve studied it more, I’m not comfortable with the health implications. In searching for a suitable alternative, I came across coconut aminos.
What Do You Do With Coconut Aminos?
Coconut aminos are derived from the sap of coconut. The sap is collected and blended with unbleached and unrefined sea salt then aged (up to 1 year) to produce coconut aminos.
While not having the exact same taste like soy sauce, it provides a good balance to dishes and isn’t as salty as regular sodium sauce. It’s a dark and rich colour as well.
Are coconut aminos good for you? Does it have any benefits? Below are 7 health benefits of adding coconut aminos to your diet and ditching soy sauce.
7 Health Benefits of Switching from Soy Sauce to Coconut Aminos
Coconut aminos is gluten-free.
2. Amino Acids
Coconut aminos contains a significant amount of amino acid, up to 17 types, which is the base for building protein in the body.
Amino acids also help boost the functioning of the immune system.
3. Suitable for Vegans
Coconut aminos is suitable for vegans.
4. Low Glycemic Index
Coconut aminos has a low-glycemic index (GI of 35).
5. Less Sodium
It contains up to 65% less sodium than regular soy sauce.
6. Neutral pH
Coconut aminos has a neutral pH, which helps to maintain proper acid/alkaline balance in the body.
7. Contains Hair Growth Vitamins
It contains several B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, biotin and folic acid (excellent for healthy hair growth) as well as vitamin C.
Cooking With Coconut Aminos
You can use coconut aminos pretty much the same way you would use soy sauce. Below are some recipes you might find interesting:-
- Coconut aminos fried rice (Gluten-free)
- Miso Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan and gluten-free)
- Healthy Orange Chicken
- Roasted Salmon and Vegetables with Coconut Aminos
Where to Buy Coconut Aminos?
Both are affordable and organic. You can buy both on Amazon UAE HERE plus free shipping when you spend AED 100.
Let me know if you have any questions about coconut aminos in the comments section.