What Is Coconut Aminos?

By: Ashlea Miller  |  January/February 2017  |  Trend to Try: Coconut Aminos

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For a tasty change of pace from soy sauce, try coconut aminos, a salty-sweet condiment with a buttery finish. This sauce rose to popularity through the paleo diet, but with its unique flavor, it's worth the shelf space in any kitchen, paleo or not.

What Is Coconut Aminos?

The sauce is made from "sap" (actually coconut-blossom nectar) from coconut palms. The sap is fermented and then blended with sea salt.

Is Coconut Aminos Healthier?

Coconut aminos has 73 percent less sodium than soy sauce. And for people with allergies or food sensitivities, it's a soy- and gluten-free way to add a hit of umami to dishes. But be skeptical of health claims. Health blogs love to say that this sauce has 17 amino acids and are rich in B-vitamins. While the sap has vitamins and amino acids, each serving of the final product has relatively small amounts of these nutrients.

How Do I Use Coconut Aminos?

Unlike soy sauce, the flavor of coconut ­aminos is slightly sweet (think: thinner teriyaki sauce). While it's not a perfect swap for soy sauce, this sauce is still a natural to incorporate into salad dressings, dipping sauces and tofu or steak marinades.
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