Curious about that yellow-labeled bottle that sits on the condiment shelf at so many natural grocery stores and vegan restaurants? Bragg's Liquid Aminos is very similar to soy sauce. This salt-free seasoning sauce is made from soy and water and is purported to be a healthier alternative to soy sauce. Bragg's is made from nothing but soy and water, whereas soy sauce often has added ingredients, such as salt, alcohol, and preservatives.
All of Bragg's soybeans are always non-GMO.
Bragg's gained popularity in the health food trend started in the 1970s and unlike other 70s health trends such as barley, macrobiotic diets and carob, never really went out of fashion.
Is Bragg's Gluten-free? Is It Raw or Vegan?
Because it is made from nothing but soy and water, Bragg's Liquid Aminos are indeed gluten-free and vegan. Because the soybeans are unheated during processing, some people include Bragg's on their raw vegan diet, but because of the processing, many others choose to exclude it. For a truly raw vegan soy sauce substitute, try nama shoyu, or make your own with this homemade raw vegan nama shoyu recipe.
What Does Bragg's Liquid Aminos Taste Like?
Bragg's tastes similar to soy sauce but is much milder and a has a tiny bit of sweetness to it. To my tastebuds, it actually tastes closer to tamari than regular soy sauce, which is a bit stronger and saltier.
Most people find the taste quite pleasant, and I prefer it to soy sauce, though it's a bit more mildly flavored than tamari. As a condiment, I don't really have a preference between Bragg's or tamari, but in cooking, such as in a vegetable stir-fry, I prefer to use tamari.
Buy a small bottle first and see if you like it, and, if you do, you'll likely want to purchase the biggest bottle you can find, after that.
People who love this stuff, really, really love it.
Is Bragg's Liquid Aminos Healthier than Regular Soy Sauce, Tamari, or Nama Shoyu? What about Coconut Amnios?
Some people swear by the health benefits of Bragg's, some people say it's all hokey and still others say it's actually harmful. Some of this controversy may be due to the fact that the truth is, perhaps intentionally, a bit difficult to sort out from the fiction, when it comes to the Bragg's brand, the exact recipe, and the individuals behind it. Brand founders Paul Bragg (deceased) and Patricia Bragg maintain a bit of an aura of mystery behind both their personal lives and the process of creating Bragg's. The manufacturing process and exact recipe remain a secret.
I'm a bit advocate of avoiding additives and chemicals in my food, whenever possible. If I'm comparing an average bottle of soy sauce to Bragg's Liquid Aminos, then the healthier choice is clearly Bragg's. But the health advantage of Bragg's over a naturally produced and additive-free tamari or nama shoyu sauce is probably very minimal.
Some people like that there's no added salt, though there is a small amount of naturally occurring sodium in Bragg's. Compare this to Coconut Aminos, which adds salt.
Also, consider that you're not drinking gallons of the stuff, you're putting a teaspoon or maybe two on your veggies or in your sauces, and it's certainly better for you than commercially produced soy sauce, which contains all kinds of additives which don't belong.
The only downside to Bragg's Liquid Aminos is, in my opinion, the cost, since it's a bit pricier than other options. If you're an occasional user, I'd say it's worth it, but if you're like me, and you enjoy putting Bragg's on everything from popcorn to kale, the cost can be a bit of a factor. On the other hand, my local Whole Foods carries Bragg's in bulk near the bulk olive oil, which is a big incentive for me, since I love shopping in bulk.