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Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Many people think that Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a healthy version of soy sauce. I did. Especially with a label boasting a wide range of amino acids. Must be a good thing. Right?

Iv'e always thought that there was something not quite right about Bragg's. Something not natural. After many years with Bragg's gracing our dining room table I did some research on this stuff. Hey I'm a nutritionist. It's what I do. I research the heck out of food and then try to put it all back together into something readable for you.

What I discovered is that my hunch of Bragg's being a bit of a weird food was not too far off.

 

Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Bragg's Liquid Aminos is a certified non-GMO liquid protein concentrate. It's made from soybeans and contains essential and non-essential amino acids. It's made without any added salt. Sounds good right? It's become real popular by those who want an alternative to soy sauce.

A lot of people like that Bragg's is alcohol-free, un-fermented, and wheat-free. Esp. those who need to reduce the amount of salt they eat. Or someone on a Candida overgrowth cleanse (i.e. B.E.D.) who needs to avoid fermented food. Or maybe you're gluten-free. All reasons why people love this stuff.

Yet, Bragg's has come under some scrutiny. People are starting to ask questions, like “is MSG a byproduct of Bragg's manufacturing process?”. "Why is Bragg's so salty but the label doesn't say it has salt in it?". "Why don't I feel good after I eat Bragg's?".

How Bragg's Liquid Aminos are made

Bragg’s hasn't yet revealed their process of how they make their Liquid Aminos. Griselda Blazey has made it her business to find out. Blazey has a B.S. in biology, an M.S. in biochemistry, and a post-doctorate in endocrinology. She teaches cell physiology/nutrition at Life Chiropractic College West. She thinks Bragg's Liquid Aminos are made the following way...

"Soybeans are treated with hydrochloric acid to create free amino acids. Any remaining acid is neutralized with sodium bicarbonate This creates sodium chloride. Which produces a salty taste. This modern bio-reactor method produces a product by rapid hydrolysis. Rather than complete fermentation. This process takes just 2 days. It uses an enzyme called glutamase as a reactor. This means that the final product contains large amounts of a kind of un-natural glutamic acid found in monosodium glutamate (MSG)."

Problem with MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is addictive. It's a brain stimulant. It causes a lot of health issues (i.e. rapid heartbeat, tingling, depression, chest pain). Or asthma. If I eat food with MSG in it, my lungs get tight and my jaw feels like it's going to lock up.

MSG is not a good food. Esp. for kids under 12 yrs. old. This is because their blood brain barrier hasn't developed all the way. So, the MSG can travel up into their brain. This can cause headaches, fatigue, eye damage, and neurological issues. Btw, adults can have a thin blood brain barrier too. So, watch out for MSG. It's sneaky. It's in a lot of food. Some that might surprise you.

False advertising

Bragg’s used to have a “No-MSG” label on it. They have since removed it as it wasn't true. One day, perhaps Bragg’s will reveal its manufacturing process. Or, explain how Liquid Aminos is so salty without actually containing salt. Until then, we are left to assume that Blazey's chemical explanation above is correct.

That Bragg’s Liquid Aminos contains MSG.

Bottom Line: Bragg's Liquid Aminos doesn't seem to be a REAL food. That maybe, just maybe, you might want to ditch that bottle from your table. Like I did years ago.

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References

Fallon, S. (2001).  Nourishing Traditions.  Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing, Inc.

Sue, A. (2011). Soy Sauce/Salt Substitutions. Retrieved online at http://nouveauraw.com/special-raw-ingredients/soy-sauce-salt-substitutions/

Paleo Diet Hacks.  What Exactly is Braggs Liquid Aminos Honestly? Retrieved online at http://paleohacks.com/questions/114583/what-exactly-is-braggs-liquid-aminos-honestly#ixzz2KolqL664

Pro Liberty (1998). Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Retrieved online at http://proliberty.com/observer/20091104.html

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10 comments to Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

  • I emailed Bragg’s about the MSG and this was their reply: Bragg does not add any MSG to its liquid amino products. However, MSG is found naturally occurring in many foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and soybeans. Since Bragg Liquid Aminos is made from soybeans, there can be some very small amounts of naturally occurring MSG. Patricia Bragg is personally very opposed to adding MSG as a food ingredient to foods, and she is very sensitive to MSG. Many of our customers who are very sensitive to MSG have never had any adverse reactions to Bragg Liquid Aminos.

    Bragg Liquid Aminos is made by a proprietary method. As a result, we cannot answer specific questions as to how it is made. We have several companies who are trying to copy our product and make Bragg Liquid Aminos “knock-offs”. Some companies have contacted us to get an idea of how we make it. In order to protect the “recipe” or formula for Bragg Liquid Aminos, we do not answer any specific questions in regards to the war it is made.

    Blessings of health!
    Bragg Customer Service
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  • Tyler Haske

    That old adage, “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.”

  • Heather

    I bought Braggs too and felt AWFUL after using it, even more so than when I use regular soy sauce! I never knew why until I read this blog. Thank you for looking in to this. I would get a headache, achy, fatigue and a bounding pulse (throbbing in my feet and hands).

  • 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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