Many people use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos thinking it’s healthier than soy sauce. It is easy to think that Bragg’s is a good alternative because of its claims to be healthy with a significant collection of amino acids; an “all natural” label; and the fact that it’s available in all health food stores.
I have personally never been drawn to Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as 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 healthy soybeans, containing essential and non-essential amino acids. It is an alcohol-free, un-fermented and wheat free product. Over the years, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos has been the rage for people trying to reduce salt consumption and find a soy sauce alternative.
Only recently, has this food come under scrutiny regarding its composition. 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, when it is salty?”; lastly ” Why do I feel poorly after consuming this product?”.
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, a M.S. is biochemistry and 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 with the following procedure:
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 and 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 that the chemistry above is correct and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos contain MSG.
Bottom Line: Braggs Liquid Aminos is not REAL food and best avoided for good health.
*Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can aggravate existing conditions or cause burning sensations, rapid heartbeat, asthma and neurological damage. MSG is particularly bad for children to consume as the blood brain barrier doesn’t develop until they are 12 years old. Even in adults, the blood brain barrier can be weak, allowing MSG to penetrate the brain and result in headaches, fatigue, depression, eye damage, tightness, tingling, chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
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