We live in an era where people are getting more health-conscious. In the past, our food preferences were more diverse and varied greatly from one geographical area to another, but today nearly every food item has a global reach. Some food items are considered to be Super-Food. Coconut Aminos is one of them.
We all know that Coconut Aminos has become an overnight sensation, and everyone fond of centuries-old foods is singing its praise. We see people all over the internet buzzing about it and admiring it for the health benefits it might have. But, on the other hand, there is a lack of genuine scientific research on the topic. So we decided to carry out an in-depth review of this magic-food.
Well, it might look like a lesson of a chemistry class at high school, but, to be precise, Coconut Aminos is a seasoning sauce made out of coconut palms. It is a savory obtained from the sap of coconut trees, and not from coconuts, so it has a pungent taste and is not related to coconut taste at all. The sap is fermented in controlled conditions and is heavily salted. Sea salt is used for salting this sauce, which gives this product its characteristic taste.
Naturally, this sauce gives a pungent but sweeter taste and is free from gluten and soy. That is the reason for its health-hype and so many foodies gravitating towards this delicacy.
Is it a heartthrob magic-food?
Most of the positive attributes of this so-called magic-food are related to its low sodium content and fewer carbohydrates than are present in soy sauce, so it is touted as a healthier alternative to it. The low glycemic index has many positive effects on your blood sugar. But we should check whether the claims are true or just overnight hype.
There is good news for the Coconut Aminos cult. Scientific sources around the world have repeatedly confirmed its low sodium index than the same amount of soy sauce which is derived from soybeans. A teaspoon of it contains only 90 milligrams of sodium as compared to roughly the same amount of soy sauce, which contains 290 milligrams of sodium. There are some low-sodium soy sauce products in the market but they also serve more than 140 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon.
If we evaluate the amount of sodium in it, it is still quite a lot, albeit it is still less than its available alternative soy sauce. So, even though it has much less sodium than soy sauce, it is still rich in sodium and causes damage to the body if your body is already sensitive to it.
Now for the glycemic index and blood sugar regulation, scientists are of the view that it does not regulate your blood sugar if you are a diabetic patient. It has almost 1 gram of sugar per teaspoon, although this amount does not affect your body in any significant way, the thing is that it does not regulate blood sugar in any way.
Rich in Nutrients
There are many claims for it being very rich in nutrients, especially amino acids. Scientific data to date cites that this claim is also misleading. The nutritional value associated is valid only for virgin sap of coconut palms, not for fermented ones. The same is also true for proteins. Fermented sap from coconut trees does not contain protein or amino acids in any significant quantity.
Indeed, there are not many research-backed benefits of using it, but there is some scientific research that shows its potential health benefits. In the following, I’ll try to cover some of the data that shows its positive health benefits. But, keep in mind that sometimes it has to do only with folklore and not science.
Good for people fighting allergies
Coconut Aminos is good for people who are allergic to gluten, which is a substance found in wheat. Traditional soy sauce contains wheat, and hence gluten. Moreover, there are no known disadvantages to using it. So, if you want a less-sodium less-sugar sauce, you should give it a try.
A recent study published in Pharmaceutical Biology suggests that it contains antioxidants that manage your blood pressure levels and help your heart get rid of many harmful radicals. Many cardioprotective roles are known to be associated with the antioxidants found in Coconut Aminos.
Other research shows that increasing HDL cholesterol is a significant contributor to a healthy heart.
A study at the University of California suggests a diet rich in soy sauce leads to the danger of developing diabetes, versus a diet rich in coconut content that leads to a reduced risk of diabetes.
According to the study, mice that were fed on a soy sauce-rich diet developed hyperglycemia coupled with other metabolic issues and substituting soy sauce with coconut sauce reduced the severity of the symptoms.
So, if you want to reduce your calorie intake and still enjoy the savory, Coconut Aminos may be the best alternative.
Some data shows that Coconut Aminos help your body get rid of adipose tissue. Previously, some researchers suggested that coconut derivatives add valuable fat to your body, eliminating the unhealthier one.
Since this sauce is rich in antioxidants, it plays a very active role in eliminating or reducing the oxidative stress posed to your body through free radicals.
Some data also suggest that it improves your mental health, reduces the risk of colon cancer, and is a natural cure for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
We have examined this condiment in-depth, and now it is time to make the long story short. On one hand, there is a cult that is of the view that they have discovered some super-food. They do so each time they discover a thing and praise it until they find and move to another.
On the other hand, some valid scientific data suggests that this substance has potential health benefits. The data is tentative, but enough for one to believe. At least there is no harm in using coconut sauce in your recipes.
In a nutshell, Coconut Aminos is a great sauce, savory, and condiment to add to your recipes for a pungent, sweet, but spicy taste. You can use it to relish and enjoy your dishes with a redefined taste, without having to worry about any health risks.