Coconut Aminos: A Gluten-Free, Vegan Soy Sauce Substitute

Mon, Sep 14th 2015

Simona Terron

3 mins read

We’re always on the lookout for ways to make our food healthier—we constantly monitor new food trends, check out interesting ingredients that are making waves and even explore lesser-known healthier substitutes, even when they are pretty controversial. So we were delighted when we stumbled upon coffee flour made from the coffee-cherries usually discarded after the beans are extracted; we clapped our hands in joy on discovering that Chinese black vinegar could be healthier and cheaper than traditional balsamic vinegar, and now we find, there’s a tastier and nutritionally more powerful alternative to soy sauce.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to our little friend: coconut aminos.

What Are Coconut Aminos?
The sap of coconut blossoms is aged using natural methods and blended with natural sea salt to make coconut aminos.

How Are Coconut Aminos Healthier Than Soy Sauce?
Well for one,  they are very low-glycemic with a GI of just 35, and are packed with amino acids, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, minerals, and have an almost neutral pH level.

Amino acids are really important for human health. Known as the building blocks of protein, they help to repair muscle tissue and enhance the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

But coconut aminos are way better than soy sauce in so many ways: they contain 14 times more naturally occurring Glutamic Acid and Threonine, 11 times the Aspartic Acid, 8 times the Serine and 2-3 times the Proline, Valine and Alanine.

  • Glutamic Acid aids digestion and prostate health.
  • Threonine is very calming and prevents stress.
  • Aspartic Acid helps to regulate hormones.
  • Serine enhances memory and cognition.
  • Proline promotes cardiac health.
  • Valine repairs tissue.
  • Alanine balances glucose and assists in converting sugars in the body.

Plus, coconut aminos are organic unlike a lot of soy sauces made from soy that is usually of the GMO variety. Being gluten-free, vegan, paleo and 65 percent lower in sodium than even tamari, which is the healthier version of soy sauce, makes this product practical and lovable for every health-conscious person.

How Do I Use Coconut Aminos?
Employ it just as you would soy sauce, in dressings, dips, marinades and to flavor stews, casseroles, rice dishes, and soups. It can even make ribs or barbecued foods taste smokier, and give them a richer sweet-savory glaze. Full of umami, it has depth of flavor and is not half as salty as soy sauce or tamari. Get yourself a bottle of this stuff pronto.

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PS: Head to our Food section for healthy recipes and the latest food trends.
Here are some more recipes and tips for a 
Gluten-Free Diet.

Read More:
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About the Author
Simona Terron

Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities.

She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises.

When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.

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