I love the way soy sauce tastes in a stir fry and on a sushi roll, but I’m not too keen on all that sodium (and I don’t think my belly is very thrilled with soy and gluten). In my search for a healthy substitute for soy sauce, I found coconut aminos, and, yes, I do believe in love at first taste.
I can’t control everything in life, and it may not be possible to love everything all of the time, but I can control what I put in my body and I can love what I consume.
Coconut aminos used to be a rare find, but since the rise of their popularity they can be bought at decent prices in-store or online. I get mine from Thrive Market with my membership for $5.65 for a 10 oz bottle.
Coconut aminos imparts the same sweet-yet-salty umami flavor as soy sauce and its wheatless cousin tamari, but offers a big difference when it comes to nutrition. Because coconut aminos is made from the organic sap of the coconut tree, it can have anywhere from two to 14 times the amino acid content of soy and contains up to 65 percent less sodium. Our liquid aminos is not only 100 percent free of soy, but also free and clear of gluten and GMOs, making it an ideal seasoning for any diet.
Loaded with minerals, vitamins, and 17 amino acids, Thrive Market’s coconut aminos (which you can also get for free in August and September!) isn’t just a viable substitute for soy sauce—it brings its own health-giving benefits.
Oh, and coconut aminos actually doesn’t taste like coconut at all, since it’s derived from the coconut tree itself (via its sap) and not the actual nut. To me, it tastes like soy sauce with a more rounded and rich flavor, and a touch of sweetness.
I’m no foodie or expert, but I love this stuff and (again, for me) it’s the perfect substitute for soy sauce.
The Benefits of Using Coconut Aminos as a Substitute for Soy Sauce
This is how Thrive Market explains the process they use to craft their certified-fair-trade coconut aminos:
When the coconut tree is tapped, it will produce a nutrient-rich sap that pours from coconut blossoms. We collect the sap in small batches to ensure it is enzymatically alive, which means it will provide optimal health benefits. It is then blended with mineral-rich Balinese sea salt and aged to produce the hearty flavor. The unbleached, unrefined sea salt is hand-harvested from the country’s black beach sand shores and packed with health-boosting minerals, too.
Soy sauce was once an art of patience, dating back thousands of years in traditional Asian cultures; most commercialized soy sauces today don’t resemble those highly fermented, unpasteurized varieties. Where speed is now a priority in production, chemical brewing has largely taken over the natural aging process.I believe in creating healthy habits that nourish, not restrictions that punish. Click To Tweet
These are some reasons you might consider using coconut aminos in this age as a substitute for soy sauce:
- Containing naturally occurring amino acids, coconut aminos can assist with muscle repair, immunity, energy levels, and brain and nervous system functions.
- There’s a hearty dose of the entire B vitamin family in every serving, which helps the body process food and convert it into energy, among other things.
- Important for diabetics, coconut aminos is low-glycemic and doesn’t cause glucose levels to skyrocket after eating.
- Contains about 65% less sodium than commercialized soy or tamari sauces.
- Free of gluten, phytoestrogens (which can cause fertility issues), phytic acid (which inhibits the body’s ability to absorb important minerals), and goitrogens (which adversely affects the thyroid).
For August and September, you’ll be gifted a free bottle of coconut aminos (whether you’re a new or existing member), plus a 30-day no-obligation trial (if you’re new), with any order over $29 at Thrive Market.
Have you ever tried coconut aminos as a substitute for soy sauce, or is it something you’re interested in trying?
Please share your thoughts, favorite ways to use coconut aminos, and any recipes or experiences with me in the comments.
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Cheers to good health.