What's the Deal With Liquid Amino Acids?

What's the Deal With Liquid Amino Acids?

I went to a cafe the other day that had a salad bar, and next to the bottles of dressing was a familiar bottle of Bragg Liquid Aminos. A few of my vegetarian friends in college used to add this to everything from soups, to salads, to casseroles because of its salty flavor and more importantly, to increase their intake of amino acids.


There are 20 standard amino acids that our bodies need to function normally. Twelve amino acids are manufactured by the human body, and eight, called essential amino acids, must come from our diets. You need all 20 amino acids because they are the building blocks of our organs and tissues. In order to obtain the essential amino acids your body doesn't make on its own, you need to consume protein. Animal sources of protein (milk, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and seafood) contain all the essential amino acids. Vegetarians or vegans can get all their amino acids by eating complete proteins — a vegetarian protein source plus a whole grain (such as rice and beans). Braggs advertises itself as a great vegetarian source for amino acids, but on closer inspection you find that it only offers 16 of the 20 amino acids. Could it be that the liquid form is healthier or easier for the body to process? To find out if it is then read more.

It doesn't matter what state your amino acids come in, solid or liquid. By eating enough protein, you can get all the amino acids you need that your body doesn't produce. Your weight will determine how much protein you need per day. If you're not sure, just multiply your weight in pounds by .36, or your weight in kg by .8. Since Braggs isn't some miracle amino acid source (one teaspoon only contains .29 grams of protein), it shouldn't be used as the sole source of amino acids. You'd be better off getting all the amino acids you need from a balanced diet that includes animal protein, or the combo of vegetarian protein plus whole grains.

Fit's Tip: While Braggs does function as a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, which often contains wheat, it shouldn't be thought of as a low-sodium replacement for it. One teaspoon of soy sauce contains 177 mg of sodium, and the same amount of Bragg Liquid Aminos contains 280 mg.

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