December 02, 2020 4 min read
Coconut aminos is a sauce made from the fermented nectar (sap) of coconut palm blossoms and sea salt. It doesn't look, taste, or feel like coconuts though! In fact, you are more likely to confuse it with soy sauce. It is commonly used as an alternative to soy sauce for seasoning.Here's all you need to know about coconut aminos.
Coconut aminos have a salty, umami (savory) taste, similar to soy sauce, but with a touch of sweetness. This is because it is made from sap. However, most of the sugar is eliminated because the sap goes through a fermentation process. Coconut aminos taste nothing like coconuts!
Every time you eat carbs, they are broken down into simple sugars which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. Different types of carbohydrates have different effects on sugar levels in the blood. This can be measured using the glycemic index, or GI, system. It measures the rate at which different types of foods raise blood sugar levels compared to pure glucose.
Pure glucose has a GI of 100. Food with a GI of less than 55 is considered low GI, while food with a GI of over 70 is a high GI food and should be avoided. Food with a GI of between 56 and 69 is considered medium.
Because the sugar content in the coconut palm sap is eliminated in the fermentation process, coconut aminos have a low GI and are therefore safe for diabetics and anyone who wants to keep their blood sugar levels low.
A raw vegan diet consists of plant-based foods that are either raw or cooked at temperatures below 104 to 1180F. The foods should also be unrefined and unprocessed. Proponents of this diet believe that raw, unprocessed foods are more nutritious than cooked, processed, and refined foods.
Since coconut aminos are simply made of fermented coconut palm oil sap, with no GMO additives, it can be used as a seasoning in a raw vegan diet.
The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, in short, involves reducing carbohydrates in the diet to a minimum and replacing them with fats. This puts the body into a state called ketosis where it metabolizes fat to produce energy, leading to benefits such as weight loss and reductions in blood sugar levels.
Coconut aminos are low in carbs and hence can be used as a seasoning in a keto diet.
Coconut aminos are not just a seasoning. It comes with an extra helping of nutrients. Some of them are:
Probiotics are a community of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that mostly live in the colon of your large intestine. They help to keep out harmful microbes and prevent them from feeding, multiplying, and causing disease.
However, certain actions such as prolonged use of antibiotics, overwork, unhealthy diet, and stress can weaken and even eliminate them. One way to boost the population of healthy gut microbes is by eating probiotic foods that contain these beneficial bacteria.
Because coconut aminos are made using the fermentation process, it contains beneficial microbes which can boost a dwindling population of beneficial microbes weakened by illness or other factors.
Soy sauce is a liquid seasoning traditionally made using fermented soybeans, wheat, salt, and water. Modern soy sauce brands skip the fermentation process, which takes longer, and instead introduce artificial flavoring and color to mimic the traditional soy sauce. These have become popular as an alternative to soy sauce. Here are some reasons why.
Gluten is a family of storage proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. Most people can tolerate gluten, but some react to it in a number of ways and have to avoid it and eat gluten-free products. This is called gluten intolerance. Coconut aminos are similar to soy sauce in appearance and taste, but unlike soy sauce, it doesn't contain wheat. Therefore, it is gluten-free and is a suitable alternative seasoning for gluten intolerant people.
People who are allergic to soy products are unable to use soy sauce as a seasoning. Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce as it doesn't contain soy. Of course, there are other soy sauce alternatives such as oyster sauce or fish sauce, but they're unsuitable for vegans as they're made from animal products.
Sodium is an important nutrient in the body. It helps balance water and other minerals, assists in conducting nerve signals, and contracts and relaxes muscles. However, too much of anything is never good, and sodium is no exception. Too much of it can lead to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and loss of calcium from the bones.
A lot of salt goes into the making of soy sauce. In fact, the sodium content of soy sauce exceeds that of coconut aminos by 73%. If you're trying to keep your sodium uptake, you should probably consider switching to coconut aminos. It still has high contents of sodium, but not nearly as high as soy sauce, and you can still enjoy its savory taste.
With its unique savory flavor, coconut aminos are worth having in your pantry, even if you're not looking for an alternative seasoning to soy sauce.