Many 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)*.”
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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