Over the past few months we’ve had a lot of people ask about Bragg’s Amino acids as a soy sauce replacement. Many have asked if it’s the same thing and if it’s okay to use while on the Phase 2 of the HCG diet, here are a few things about Braggs.
Initially we thought Braggs was a good soy sauce replacement, due to the added amino acids, it was said to be a healthier alternative to soy sauce with less sodium and less carbs. Upon further investigation, all soy sauce has amino acids and sodium chloride. Braggs also has more sodium and does contain glutamic acid, which is the same as MSG.
According to Dave Klein, of Living Nutrition, “MSG is only one type of free glutamate, so foods stating no MSG or no added MSG can be misleading, as hydrolyzed protein is a form of free glutamate. Monosodium glutamate goes under the name of glutamate, monosodium glutamate, glutamic acid, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, gelatin, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, yeast extract. Most of the time, ontaining MSG are malt, barley malt, boullion, stock, carrageenan, maltodextrin, whey protein, pectin (anything enzyme modified). NATURAL FLAVORS, protein fortified, soy protein.”
There are a few other soy sauce options that are naturally fermented with no MSG. A few of them are:
- Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu (raw, unpasteurized)
- South River Miso
- Eden Organics Shoyu Sauce
- San J Tamari & Shoyu Sauce
- Trader Joe’s Soy Sauce
All of these products are naturally fermented, raw and unpasteurized. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the health coaches at 800-980-7208.