You’d think not much could stand up to the taste of soy sauce. The condiment is popular for its rich salty taste, enhancing even the simplest meals (hello stir-fry and sushi), and that’s something tough to pass up. But, knowing a tablespoon of traditional soy sauce contains nearly 50 percent of our day’s sodium intake is not something to just accept. Instead, we’ve opted for a tasty low salt alternative that rivals the flavor we love: coconut aminos.
Coconut aminos, the star of the hour, is a bottled liquid made from the sap of coconut blossoms and sea salt. The salty-sweet condiment should definitely be on your radar because, for starters, it has about 65% less sodium than your classic soy sauce. One serving (1 teaspoon) of an Organic Bottle of Coconut Amino contains 90 milligrams of sodium. That compared to a traditional bottle of soy sauce like Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce which holds 1,030milligrams sodium—and those digits were not typos.
The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, which means just two tablespoons of your average soy sauce can send you well above your daily max. Even low-sodium soy sauces still hold upwards of 500 milligrams of sodium per serving, which is better, but not the best alternative. The trendy low-carb substitute will only cost you 5 calories per serving. Those with food sensitivities and allergies to gluten or soy can rejoice with this option, too.
As for taste, it is nothing like coconuts. And unlike soy sauce, coconut aminos has a nice sweetness to it, so think of it as closer to teriyaki sauce than a savory soy sauce. We recommend making fried rice and sautéing veggies with it, but you can also incorporate coconut aminos into your salad dressing recipes and marinades for added flavor—without the salt-filled guilt.
You can find the sauce at most large retailers like Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Walmart. You might as well throw away all of those little soy sauce packets that lie in waiting in your silverware drawer. Your body will thank you for it.