Liquid Aminos, Value Added or Mistable Waste?

July 5, 2017   /
Stacia Helfand, MEd, RD, CDN

Patients ask just about everything, don’t they? It’s impossible to predict when you’ll be asked a question that makes you scratch your head and answer “I’ll get right back to you.” You may want to add a recommendation for liquid amino acids to your vegan and vegetarian clients the next time they ask you for your top protein picks and you stall after recommending hemp. Liquid amino acids have 8 of the 9 essential amino acids (there is no tryptophan) and come in a spray bottle, perfect for salads, whole grains and just about any meal that could use a little umami to hearten it up. You can also keep in mind that it’s a gluten free soy sauce alternative and it’s pretty easy to find in most markets and health food stores. The drawback is that it’s a little higher in sodium than may meet your standards for those watching their salt intake, but this soy based condiment should be a vegan staple. Where’s the trend in this trend? You’ll find hipster places swapping soy sauce and ketchup for liquid aminos in the coolest of locales, so try a spritz, even if you’re not a vegetarian.