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Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany people think that Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is healthier than soy sauce. It appears to be a good natural alternative full of amino acids and available in all health food stores.

I have personally never been drawn to Bragg’s. There is just something about it that feels unnatural. After further research I discovered my hunch was correct

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a certified non-GMO liquid protein concentrate from soybeans, containing essential and non-essential amino acids. It is  alcohol-free, un-fermented, wheat free and popular among those wanting a soy sauce alternative to reduce salt consumption.

Only recently, has this food come under scrutiny. People are beginning to ask questions such as “Is MSG a byproduct of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos manufacturing process?”; “Why does the label not mention any salt in its ingredients, despite being salty?”; lastly ” Why do I feel poorly after eating Bragg’s?”.

How Is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Made?

Bragg’s has not yet revealed the process of how their Liquid Aminos are made. Yet, Griselda Blazey, who has a B.S. in biology; an M.S. in biochemistry; a post-doctorate in endocrinology; and teaches cell physiology/nutrition at Life Chiropractic College West, in San Leandro, CA. believes Braggs Liquid Aminos are made the following way:

“Soybeans are treated with hydrochloric acid to create free amino acids and neutralizing remaining acid with sodium bicarbonate, which creates sodium chloride, giving it a salty taste. This modern bioreactor method produces a product by rapid hydrolysis, rather than by complete fermentation, in the space of two days and uses the enzyme glutamase as a reactor, so that the final product contains large amounts of the kind of unnatural glutamic acid found in monosodium glutamate (MSG)*.”

False Advertising

Bragg’s formally had a “NO-MSG” label on it and had to remove it because it was not true. Apparently, MSG can be naturally occurring in the processing of soybeans. Weston A. Price foundation verified this information. Until Bragg’s is willing to reveal its manufacturing process or provide a credible explanation of how it’s salt-less product is salty, we can only assume the chemistry above to be correct and that Bragg’s Liquid Aminos contains MSG.

Bottom Line: Braggs Liquid Aminos is not considered a REAL food and is best avoided for good health.

*Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can aggravate existing conditions or cause burning, rapid heartbeat, asthma and neurological damage. MSG is particularly bad for kids to consume as the blood brain barrier doesn’t develop until 12 years of age. Even an adults’ blood brain barrier can be weak, allowing MSG to penetrate brain and result in headaches, fatigue, depression, eye damage, tightness, tingling, chest pain and rapid heartbeat.

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7 comments to Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

  • Kimberly Cannon

    I recently came across Bragg’s liquid aminos while trying to find a healthy chicken fried rice recipe. After reading your post, i will definitely be looking further into this product before i add it into my food. Thank you for sharing this information!

  • Karen

    A neighbor recently recommended this product in place of regular soy sauce. So I decided to see what I could find online. And here we are. So glad I found this site before spending my money on this product.

  • Karla

    I just started a diet that uses Bragg’s as a seasoning and I didn’t know what it was. I am so grateful for finding this site. I cannot tolerate MSG and I will definitely use an alternative or not at all. I think it’s horrible that the public is put in danger by companies that provide false advertising. Thank you to all who responded to the articles on this site.

  • gia

    This product is being tauted as a soy substitute, but it is made from soybeans. For those of us in this world that have a severe soy allergy this can be deadly since the product is not labeled correctly. JUST BE HONEST IN YOUR LABELING. The FDA should require the absolute truth on product labeling.

  • Connie

    I recently read an article including Bragg Liquid Aminos on the list of foods containing MSG or other names for it. They just say it’s ingredients as “vegetable protein from soybeans & purified water.”

    You are correct that the bottle used to say “No MSG” – but no more. I was appalled to find this out, as I have reactions to MSG & have to be careful what I eat. I believed them & thought this was safe!

    Last year I ended up in the emergency room & had many tests. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. When my nutritionist read my labs, she identified the source of the problem right away from my elevated creatine levels – MSG.

    I need to contact my nutritionist to inform her that the Braggs Liquid Aminos that they recommended to use in their nutrition handouts contains MSG!

    We should be able to do more with deceptive & misleading labeling!

  • Shirley

    Watch out for Bragg’s Ginger & Sesame Salad Dressing. Their Liquid Aminos are the 3rd ingredient listed. Too bad because this is a great tasting dressing.

  • Shirley

    Thank you for this! I found an almost empty bottle of the liquid aminos in my cupboard. It’s now in recycling. Will share your blog with the owners of my store.

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