Coconut Aminos — A Healthy Alternative To Soy Sauce
Gluten free, low salt content, low Glycemic index, no MSG and Paleo friendly.
What is Coconut Aminos?
Dark, rich, salty and slightly sweet, Coconut Aminos is a sauce that is made from coconut sap. While it closely resembles light soy sauce, it is completely soy and gluten free. This makes it a great alternative for people who suffer gluten and soy intolerance.
Coconut Aminos is made by collecting sap from coconut blossoms harvested from coconut palm trees. The sap is mixed with sea salt and left to age until it is ready to bottle.
Ccononut Aminos is a definite YES for anyone on a Paleo Diet where the use of any soy products is a big no no.
What are Amino Acids?
Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein AND of your body.
There are nine essential amino acids, which you must get through your diet: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. They’re vital for functions such as protein synthesis, tissue repair and nutrient absorption. — britannica.com
Coconut sap and Coconut aminos have all 9 essential amino acids.
How Do You Store Coconut Aminos?
Once you open a bottle of Coconut Aminos it should be kept in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life. If stored in the fridge it can keep up to 12 months or longer.
You can tell it has gone off by smelling it. If it smells like vinegar, it needs to be replaced.
If you see white bits floating on the surface it is nothing to worry about. It is just specks of yeast. Since the aminos is a yeast based product it will continue to ferment (unless it is a pasteurized bottle) and so you might see a bit of white foaming. Unless there is the vinegary smell, the coconut aminos is completely fine to use.
When To Use Coconut Aminos?
You can use coconut aminos to replace both soy sauce and tamari sauce.
The taste of coconut Aminos is similar to soy, maybe a little sweeter depending on the brand.
Because of the similarity to soy you can substitute coconut aminos in any recipe calling for soy sauce or tamari sauce. Heating Coconut Aminos at high heat will destroy a lot of the natural benefits found in the product, but the taste will be preserved.
Use Coconut Aminos As A Marinade Or In Dipping Sauces
Coconut Aminos are particularity good when used as part of a marinade for meats because it add a salty depth of flavor. Make a simple marinade by mixing Coconut Aminos with other Asian ingredients such as ginger, garlic, fennel and sesame oil. Let sit in the marinade overnight to left the flavor fully permeate the meat.
Because of the similarities with soy sauce, Coconut Aminos is also an excellent addition to a dipping sauce with Asian style foods. If you fancy something different try mixing it up as part of a dressing and drizzle over a salad for a delicious meal with all of the health benefits.
Here are three great dipping sauce recipes to get you started!
What Are the Health Benefits of Coconut Aminos?
- Coconut Aminos contain 17 amino acids
- It has an almost perfectly balanced pH level
- It has a very low glycemic index of 35 which means it won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
- It is a source of broad-spectrum B vitamins
- And for those suffering high blood pressure, it contains 300 percent less sodium than most brands of soy sauce.
According to VitalProteins.com here are a few things Amino Acids do for your body:
- Keeps your hair and nails strong and healthy. Keeps your skin looking youthful, by strengthening connective tissues to support skin elasticity.
- Amino acids help protect your body from storing sugars and fats, allowing you to feel more energized and alert.
- Amino acids are essential for the growth, repair and development of muscles.
Where Can You Buy Coconut Aminos?
You can find Coconut Aminos in most larger health food stores. Depending on how much you use, you might get a better price on Amazon or other online retailers.
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Melanie Rockett has been a freelance writer for over 40 years. About 15 years ago she was diagnosed with Diabetes — and began a long journey of discovery. Today she lives a sugar-free life and has lost 120 pounds. Her website Sugar-Free-Zone.com is all about living sugar-free and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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