There are a bevy of reasons to love coconuts: one being the fruit of the palm tree reminiscent of calm, cool breezes and island life. We used coconuts for their milk, to enrich decadent chocolate, for sugar, flour and more. However, coconuts are being used for a healthful reason as well — coconut aminos.
What are Coconut Aminos?
Coconut aminos are derived from coconut sap, which is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and a low glycemic index. And, of course, it’s a source of amino acids, thus the name. Once the sap is tapped from the coconut, it’s aged and infused with sea salt to make the finished product. Then the mix is aged and fermented in an all-natural, organic process. With no additives or preservatives, it’s truly an all-natural way to boost a multitude of bodily issues, as outlined below.
Why Do We Love Them?
For those of you who love soy, but not the salt content, or may have an allergy or GMO/MSG concern, you’re in luck. Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy-based sauces like those used with sushi products, dressings and marinades. Coconut aminos have more amino acids than soy sauces — 17 to be precise — and help with brain function, memory and cognition; digestion; prostate health; stress levels; hormone levels; muscle tissue and energy levels. Additionally, your immune system can benefit from all-natural coconut aminos, which could help with cardiovascular health and your body’s sugar levels.
But, Do They Taste Good?
We scoured the web for comparisons of coconut aminos vs. sea salt, and the results were positive. While the taste of coconut aminos obviously differs slightly from soy sauces, it’s not vastly different, thus making it a great alternative.
“Aminos from fermented coconut sap have a nice balance of salty, a hint of sweet and umami. Surprisingly not a hint of coconut flavor is detectable,” — The Healthy Home Economist
“On balance, the depth of flavor lays somewhere between light and dark soy sauce. It is also quite salty with a slight hint of sweetness. Although it’s sweeter than a pure soy sauce, it’s not as sweet as heavily processed soy sauces that contain sweeteners. Overall, it’s a clean, tasty flavor and enhances the taste of food.” — Nutrition Advance
“This miracle sauce is made from coconut tree sap and sea salt, with no other additives. Better yet, it’s raw, so all of those living nutrients, amino acids and enzymes from the tree sap are captured and passed directly along to you in the form of a better-than-the-original substitute for soy sauce. You get health benefits and flavor!” — Paleo Plan
Need some stellar recipes that contain coconut aminos? You could try our Savory and Savory Brussels Sprouts or one of our favorite salad dressings. To meet your health and wellness goals through Functional Medicine and nutritional support, schedule an appointment with our team today!Schedule an Appointment