Our bodies require twenty standard amino acids to function normally, being the building blocks of organs and tissues.
Twelve of these amino acids are manufactured by the human body.
The remaining eight are called essential amino acids and must be taken in through food. More specifically, protein. Animal sources of protein such as milk, eggs, dairy, red meat, seafood and chicken contain all eight essential amino acids.
However vegetarians and vegans need not despair. You can still get all of your amino acids by eating complete proteins. For example. a vegetarian protein source plus a whole grain, like rice or beans.
Bragg’s liquid amino contains 16 amino acids, (Lanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine and Lysine) derived from certified non-gmo soybeans.
It’s a great way for those that do not consume animal products to take in sixteen of the twenty amino acids. Used as a dressing, Bragg’s Liquid Amino is great for salads, soups, vegatables, beans, tofu sauces and more.
Bragg’s markets it’s liquid amino as a healthy gourmet replacement for staples such as soy sauce or tamari. The reason is that the soy beans used to make the liquid amino are not fermented or heated, it is gluten free and contains no chemicals.
Liquid aminos are great for seasoning a soup base and great for marinades. It has a nice savory flavor similar to soy sauce, and used as an additive for your favorite dish you have the added bonus of taking in some essential nutrients. Liquid aminos are also recommended in many recipies as a gluten free alternative to soy sauce.
Some use liquid amino as an alternative to soy sauce due to the fact that it appears to be lower in sodium, but attempting to reduce your sodium intake using Bragg’s as a substitute is misguided. Kikkoman Soy Sauce has 920mg of sodium per serving. Low Sodium Kikkoman Soy Sauce has 575mg per serving. Bragg’s has 160mg per serving.
However, upon closer inspection, you will find that the serving size on most soy sauces is measured in tablespoons, whereas Bragg’s Liquid Amino serving size is measured in half a teaspoon. If you do the math, Bragg’s Liquid Amino weighs in at around 960mg per tablespoon, which is more than regular soy sauce.
Some have even put forth that Bragg’s has lowered thier serving size to appear at first glance to be a low sodium substitute for soy sauce.
While Braggs does function as a gluten free alternative to soy sauce, which often contains wheat, it shouldn’t be thought of as a low sodium replacement. If you like the taste, that is one thing, but if you are trying to lower your sodium intake there are many other seasoning options that are lower in sodium than Bragg’s Liquid Amino.
Bragg Liquid Amino comes in 16oz and 32 oz bottles.
Bragg Liquid Amino had a slightly better than average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars from 55 customer reviews on Amazon.com.