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Sayonara, Soy Sauce: Why Coco Aminos Is a Better Option

What can I cook with Coco Aminos? What does Aminos mean anyway? And why shell out more bucks for it when I could get soy sauce for cheaper? Here’s a rundown of reasons to switch to a healthier soy sauce.

Stir Fry with Big Tree Farms Coco Aminos

What’s in soy sauce vs. what’s in Coco Aminos?

Soy sauce generally consists of fermented soy beans, a form of grain like wheat, and salt. Coco Aminos contains coconut tree nectar and Balinese sea salt.

Why is Coco Aminos a better option?

It has lesser sodium content

One teaspoon of soy sauce typically has 300 mg of sodium compared to 160 mg per teaspoon for Big Tree Farms' Coco Aminos.

The recommended intake of sodium is around 2,300 mg daily. Sodium is the main component of salt and our bodies need it for functions like fluid regulation, muscle contraction, and nerve transmissions, yet an excessive amount could pose risks for high blood pressure, kidney stones, and osteoporosis.

It’s a product of better quality control

Compared to the majority of soy sauce made from industrially produced salt-sodium, Big Tree Farms uses highly mineralized, hand harvested sea salt in our Coco Aminos.

No risk of GMOs

The coconut nectar in Coco Aminos is certified organic and handcrafted in small batches while the commercially produced soybeans found in soy sauce is more susceptible to containing GMOs. According to Organic Authority, “More than 90 percent of the soy grown in the U.S. is now genetically modified.”

It gives back to the land it’s sourced from

Ever heard of regenerative agriculture? That’s exactly what Big Tree Farms practices. Apart from the unique flavor offered by coconut palm trees in making our version of soy sauce, coconut trees are special in that they reinforce soil growth and support surrounding flora and fauna. In contrast, industrial soy beans are grown in a mono-culture field—and while this field may look green and pretty, it in fact does not support wildlife, healthy soil, and biodiversity.

No hint of MSG

Both soy and Coco Aminos offer a good source of amino acids, yet when amino acids are highly processed as in soy sauce, there’s a risk that they transform into MSG.

It’s diet-friendly

While the soy and wheat content of soy sauce are common food allergens, Coco Aminos’ simple ingredients of coconut nectar and Balinese sea salt mean that those with special diet needs can rest easy. Coco Aminos is soy-free, gluten-free (unlike the wheat in soy sauce which contains gluten), and because it is minimally processed, is suitable for those following Paleo diets.

It’s packed with amino acids—14 to be exact

Our bodies require 20 amino acids. Why the importance? Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and Coco Aminos has it in spades (that’s where the “amino” in Aminos is derived from). View the nutritional label on Big Tree Farms’ Coco Aminos bottle and you’ll find a list of the 14 amino acids it contains. These are just some of its functions: 1) help produce collagen needed for tissues, skin and bones 2) aid in calcium absorption and retention for bones 3) fight viruses and boost the immune system.

So, where can I use Coco Aminos?

Wherever you would use soy sauce!

Sprinkle it on your salad, dip your sushi in it, or drizzle it over fried rice, quinoa or Asian-style noodles. Include it in meat, fish and vegetable marinades. Mix it into homemade teriyaki, Sriracha, or peanut sauce recipes. Or, get creative. Season it over sunflower or pumpkin seeds or top it over snacks like popcorn.

Coco Aminos-seasoned popcorn