There's nothing quite like the flavor of soy sauce, earthy, rich, and that fifth savory taste, umami. But regular commercial soy sauce can be a chemically-made, diluted, color & flavor-added mess. It’s often made from pesticide-laden and GMO soybeans, and contains gluten from wheat. So if you’re avoiding any of those things, you’ll want to make an upgrade from regular soy sauce.
In looking for an alternative, many people turn to Braggs Liquid Aminos, which tout the claims of "gluten free, and no salt-added." Unfortunately, Braggs Liquid Aminos aren't necessarily a quality healthy food…
The “CONS” of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are in its processing: they use chemical (hydrochloric acid& sodium bicarbonate added) and high-heat methods to extract amino acids from soybeans. It ends up with a high amount of free-form Glutamate, or MSG, which many people are sensitive to. All of this lands it in the "Heavily Processed Food" category, and not qualifying - in my book - as a real, healthy food.
Nama Shoyu is a soy sauce that is raw, fermented, and naturally brewed using traditional methods and little processing. It IS however, still made from soy and wheat; but if you have no issues with gluten or soy, it’s a delicious, traditionally made food. You’ll be able to taste the difference between this real stuff and the junky, processed, Chinese restaurant soy sauce. I source mine from a local Co-op, or online.
Coconut Aminos are a raw product made from tapping the coconut palm tree sap, and aging it with mineral-rich sea salt. It’s raw, full of raw enzymes, soy & gluten free, and organic. It’s slightly sweeter than soy sauces, but a perfect addition to soups, sauces, and of course as a healthier dipping sauce for sushi! (Yes, I’ve taken it to the restaurant in my bag!) You can find them in most health food stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods, and here. It's my top pick in this Healthy Kitchen Swap episode!
Now I want to hear from you! What would you like to see on the Healthy Kitchen Swap list? Have any favorite foods that you know have some sugar or junky ingredients and want to know how to find a better version? Let me know!