Soy sauce has that craveable umami flavor we all love, but it’s not so good for your health… Here is a healthier and even more delicious seasoning alternative.
You’re probably familiar with soy sauce, even if you’re new to cooking. This salty, earthy Asian seasoning sauce graces the table of just about every Chinese restaurant and sushi joint. But there are some reasons why soy sauce might not be so great for your health – and it’s more than just the sodium.
You might not be aware of it, but there are two types of soy sauce: the traditional tamari from fermented soy, and the modern version, shoyu, which is not fermented and contains wheat. Most wheat and soybeans today are genetically modified, which causes concern for some people. But the soy in your sauce might be problematic for your health for another reason as well, as some evidence shows the phytoestrogens contained in soy may act as hormone disruptors.
Fortunately, if you love soy sauce, there’s an alternative seasoning that has a similar “umami” taste, but without the potential health risks of soy sauce. It’s called coconut aminos, and this unique sauce may just become your new best friend in the kitchen!
Here is a bit more about coconut aminos from Thrive Market:
Because it has just two ingredients—organic coconut sap and sea salt—it’s completely gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo-friendly. Plus, it’s good for you—providing 17 naturally occurring amino acids.
Even better, each ounce has about 40 percent less sodium than soy sauce. That not only makes coconut aminos safe (in moderation) for anyone on a low-sodium diet, but also means you can cook with it without worrying about your salt intake going through the roof.
…A touch sweeter and a little lighter, coconut aminos tastes wonderful on anything you’d normally eat with soy sauce—and a dash adds meaty, umami flavor to veggie dishes. Try it on sushi, fried rice, and stir-fries, or whisk it into your favorite salad dressing or marinade.