Darlene and I both use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and have for years. I’ve looked into this and to the best of my knowledge Braggs Liquid Aminos and Braggs All Purpose Seasoning is the exact same thing. One is the US version and one is the Canadian Version. Because we use Braggs so much, I thought I’d post this here on the blog so that we can refer to it when needed. Braggs is a healthy replacement product for Soy Sauce.
Braggs Liquid Aminos Information
Bragg Liquid Aminos is a Certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from soybeans, that contains the following Essential and Non-essential Amino Acids in naturally occurring amounts:
* Aspartic Acid
* Glutamic Acid
Great on Salads & Dressings, Soups, Veggies, Rice & Beans, Tofu, Wok & Stir fry, Tempeh, Casseroles, Potatoes, Meats, Poultry, Fish, Jerky, Popcorn, Gravies & Sauces, Macrobiotics.
Ingredients: Our Bragg Liquid Aminos are made from health-giving, NON-GMO soybeans and purified water. They are an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free.
Bragg’s has a small amount of naturally occurring sodium. No table salt is added. If less sodium is desired use a 6 oz. Bragg’s spray bottle and dilute with 1/3 distilled water or to taste and then either add in or spray on food.
- A source of delicious, nutritious, life-renewing protein.
- Taste you’ll love – Nutrition you need.
- Great on salads, veggies, dressings, soups, rice, beans, Wok foods, tofu, gravies, jerky, poultry, fish, popcorn, meats, casseroles, potatoes and most foods.
- Contains important healthy amino acids
Bragg Liquid Aminos contains
- no chemicals
- no artificial coloring
- no alcohol
- no preservatives
- no Gluten
- Certified NON-GMO
Where Do You Get Braggs Liquid Aminos
Of course the next logical question is where do you buy this stuff? It’s available anywhere natural foods are sold and that’s just about anywhere now. I get mine here in Edmonton at my local Planet Organic store. There are two Planet Organic stores in Edmonton, one at Jasper and 122st and the other at 80 ave and 104 st, next to Blockbuster Video. It’s also available in the natural food section of Save-on-Foods and probably at Safeway. Darlene and I buy the small pump version shown here so that we can control the amount that we put on our foods. Then we buy the larger bottle and use it to refill the pump bottle. We store the small pump bottle in the fridge and the large bottle in our pantry without worry of it going bad. I really don’t know why we keep the small bottle in the fridge, just habit I guess.
For more information about Bragg Liquid Aminos visit their website Bragg.com or purchase it through Amazon
Great stuff… you can get this in all sizes on http://www.shopnatural.com
Here is a link with some great protein recipes using Braggs Liquid Aminos that my wife and I use a lot.
google for braggs liquid amino and you’ll find that it’s made from soy slurry mixed with hydrochloric acid, then neutralised with baking soda or other base chemical.
make your own conclusions
I had my doubt about Braggs liquid amino. After all, how can a liquid soy that is supposed not to be fermentated can get this dark color unless it is carbonized or processed in an non-natural way?
Better turn to non genetically modified soya sauce!
Sue Weber says
You failed to notify readers that there is MSG in Braggs
Liquid Aminos. We have recently found this out. We used Braggs Aminos for over 10 years. The label used to say “no MSG” but the FDA has told them to take off that statement because there is MSG in the aminos. No wonder such a salty taste.
What a letdown.
@Sue, there is NO WAY that MSG is in Braggs liquid aminos. The Bragg family is completely committed to natural health and most certainly would not put MSG in their products.
I’d have to see that on the Bragg’s website or in some sort of announcement from the Bragg family before I would believe it.
it’s a soy sauce. It has sodium in it. That’s why it tastes salty
could you please leave or submit some sort of reference that leads you to believe this about Bragg’s and MGS
@Sue, after typing that last response, I’ve had a quick look (as I’m heading out the door) and will do some more research on the subject.
You’ve opened a very interesting can of worms for me here.
hmmmm, thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Sue Weber says
Below is the link where I found that Braggs Aminos is not what it claims.
http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2005/06/bragg liquid am.html
I know. We trusted and believed in everything the man said,
but now have large doubts.
any soy sauce will have naturally occurring msg. it isn’t added as an ingredient, but it occurs naturally in mushrooms and fermented soy products.
Sue Weber says
MSG may be in fermented soy sauces.
But the Bragg Empire says that Braggs Aminos is not fermented.
How do you explain that?
Rob, go easy on SUE. She us just trying to pass on the truth. Here is a link. Braggs has already stated that the soy is hydrolyzed. This creates glutamic acids (thats what the “g” in msg is).
Remember, arsenic is also “all natural”
@Victor, believe me, I’m totally in the Bragg camp. Totally. They’ve been doing health longer than I’ve been alive. I still use Braggs and will continue to use it.
I’m simply getting my facts straight so that I know what the latest poop on the subject is.
I’m ALL in favor of Braggs Liquid Aminos.
hey, “arsenic is also natural” is MY line! lol
thanks for the comment
I like the Braggs products I have tried. Maybe it is me, but I could not get the link that Sue provided to work in my browser. I could not get the link that Victor provided to work as well.
I also could not access Sue’s link. Braggs is awesome though, sure hope there isn’t enough MSG to worry about
There is no MSG in Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
I have spoken directly with Patricia Bragg (personally) after she found this page and then found me herself on facebook.
Regarding @Sue’s link: The We Like It Raw website did some sort of house cleaning and they’ve moved or fixed the link.
It’s now at http://www.welikeitraw.com/rawfood/2005/06/bragg_liquid_am.html
that should work
as for Vic’s, I have no help. It is broken
That’s Great Rob. Thanks for the fast response. Very happy it has no MSG
Beth Johnson says
Yes it states on the Bragg official website that Bragg’s aminos contains MSG. Here’s the link:
“Foods that commonly contain glutamine, glutamic acid and MSG are: … even Bragg liquid aminos have .5% (straight out of the bottle), many soy and other vegetable products…”
They try to make it sound less serious by grouping it with other products that have MSG (glutamine) as part of their unaltered protein, but the very nature of breaking down soy into it’s separate amino acids is what makes it taste salty. The same goes for soy sauce, miso, tamari, etc.
I will definitely limit my consumption of all of these MSG (free glutamic acid) containing products.
Wow. This is a WAY old topic, so I am just throwing in some late-coming common sense from the chemistry point of view.
MSG is MonoSodiumGlutamate. This means there is ONE sodium cation (positively charged ion) for each molecule of Glutamate anion (negatively charged ion).
When MSG is placed in water, it dissociates. That means that the water molecules surround and carry off the sodium while more water molecules surround and carry off the glutamate. When MSG is mixed with water, it is no longer MSG but freely-dissolved sodium ions and freely-dissolved glutamate ions.
Glutamate (the negatively charged ion) is also created by and used in the human body. It is not only an amino acid (used in building proteins) but is also the most common neurotransmitter you have — and is therefor quite necessary for your body to function.
Because sodium ions are also a primary part of the human nervous system, it is certain that all the ingredients of Monosodium Glutamate are side-by-side in the human body and must be if we are going to survive. As long as the sodium and glutamate are dissolved in the water of the body, however, they do not bond together in sufficient quantities to be called MSG.
But the glutamate can also associate with Hydrogen ions (called protons). When this is true, the compound is called Glutamic Acid: one hydrogen ion is attached to a Glutamate ion. We could technically call this compound MonoHydrogen Glutamate (MHG). Again, Hydrogen ions are found throughout the human body (though, unlike sodium ions, these are highly destructive and are not allowed to exist just anywhere inside the body).
So in your body (like in your blood) you have sodium ions, hydrogen ions, and glutamate ions. All the fixin’s of MSG and Glutamic Acid (MHG).
If your blood spills and the water evaporates, then the ions are no longer held apart by the water molecules. The sodium ions will stick to ANYTHING they find that is negatively charged in the blood remnants as will the hydrogen ions. In fact, BOTH MSG (Na:Glutamate) and MHG (Glutamic Acid, or H:Glutamate) will be formed in the drying blood.
The problem with MSG is not the glutamate for most people. remember, Glutamate is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter (in fact, that’s why you crave it as a “savory” taste and you even have taste buds that are sensitive to it). There are a few people who feel uncomfortable after they consume more than a little Glutamate at a time. The side effects of this sensitivity range from mild dizziness or numbing of the tongue to even more benign symptoms… so we’re not talking anything dangerous here.
The real danger in MSG itself (not in Glutamate) is the sodium. Excessive sodium in the diet is a very bad thing even though sodium is used to make every single nerve in your body work. But too much sodium can cause your kidneys to retain extra water in your blood thereby increasing your blood’s volume and hence your blood pressure.
Again: Glutamate is a perfectly naturally-occurring and ESSENTIAL amino acid and neurotransmitter in your body (used for nerve function and for building proteins). MSG and MHG are naturally-occurring ‘salts’ of glutamate.
In conclusion, Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids has no choice but to contain the ingredients for both MSG and MHG. These salts WILL exist briefly in the liquid form, but generally the water prevents them from staying formed for long. This does not mean that Bragg’s has MSG or MHG added to it, but it does mean that both compounds are, in fact, a natural part of the liquid that we buy in stores.
KARLA J says
THANKS BRIAN FOR BREAKING IT DOWN IN TERMS I CAN UNDERSTAND
see Non-brewed method = Not fermented (chemical hydrolysis).
Reed all links by order
Braggs is a healthy replacement product for Soy Sauce or may be opposite ???
All I know is that three times I have tried to use that stuff, and EVERY TIME I broke out with nasty cold sores on my lip. I suspect that the aminos it contains are not balanced; i.e., it has too much arginine and not enough lysine. There are better ways of getting amino acids, like eating gelatin, which also happens to be full of lysine. 🙂
not sure many vegetarians would be eating gelatin. Um, braggs liquid aminos happens to have aminos in it. I use it as a replacement for soy sauce, not for the amino acid content.
It just tastes good on rice or veggies.
Oh this is wonderful. Thank you all for the wealth of information.
I am new to this and really appreciate the info. I did not buy it because it said it contained soy and I do not eat soy for health reasons. I am going back to Whole Foods to buy some tonight and try it. It is supposed to be great on the HCG diet. Thank you Rob et all!
The cold sores are most likely not due to amino acids, but rather to the salt content of the Braggs. Herpes viruses can hide themselves… embedded in your own DNA… and often in the genes that get switched “on” when there is a threat to cellular survival.
In the case of Braggs, its salt content is WAY higher than that of soy sauce and that super salty brew will remove water from the cells and threaten them with dehydration. The cells, in response, switch on their emergency plans and WHAMO! the herpes virus goes active and you have an outbreak.
I’m sorry to say that I think this product is a bunch of hooey. They’re using a half-teaspoon serving size, which is unusual, much less than you’re likely to use in anything, and sets up an unrealistic comparison with traditional soy sauce. If you want to match it up with Kikkoman, you have to multiply all the numbers by SIX. That means that it’s saltier than traditional soy sauce (960 mgs vs. 920), but still has less protein (1.96 grams vs. 2 grams).
Also, any claim to be ‘chemical-free’ is baloney considering that the product appears to be nothing but chemicals, as evidenced by the long list of amino acids. Of course, all things are made up of chemicals, but still.
And finally, fermentation is generally a good thing, not a bad one. It’s been done for thousands of years, and seems to be linked with some health benefits, so it’s not something to hold against soy sauce.
On the flip side, don’t stress about MSG. It developed a much worse reputation than it deserved for some reason, but there’s no testing out there that links it to anything bad in normal doses.
Just wanted to chime in and say that I and 2 others became violently ill after consuming too much Braggs Soy Aminos at a restraunt without our knowledge. With in 30 minutes of beginning our meal we all violently threw up the entire thing and after much investigation, the only thing we could trace it back to is the Braggs.
I wouldn’t touch that garbage with a ten foot pole. All natural or not, it is unsafe.
Very scary coming across this thread and seeing how flippantly some who claim to want health dismiss those of us who know just how dangerous this and any other hydrolized product can be even for those claimIng no sensitivity! My husband thought he was having a heart attack. Instead? It was all the autolized, hydrolized soy protiens, otherwise rightly called the excitotoxin msg. You are totally misguided if you would put your trust and faith in a human being you want to believe in over you own health. I am so glad I went reading up on this product instead of accidently poisoning my children and possibly killing my husband using it.
T. Jimmy says
Don’t forget the Quinoa-Broccoli!! The perfect complement for Braggs Liquid Aminos!
@Mary, thank you for your comments. Sorry to hear about your husband. Best wishes to you and yours.
for me? I’ll continue to use the high quality Bragg’s nutritional products. In my opinion, they’re perfectly sound, healthy and no threat to anyone. Quite the opposite.
Hello, I’m not a chemist or a scientist but, I know moderation in all things is important. Sooooo…when I use Braggs Amino Acids I always and only use the spray bottle. It allows me to get only the small amount that I need and not more than I need (since it is pretty potent stuff). And, using the spray bottle spreads out a smaller amount over just the food I want seasoned than can be accomplished with the pour spout. And, I only use it sparingly not every meal and not even every day.
Been using Bragg for years, but am sensitive to MSG–get headaches and migraines a lot–so, do you all think I’m dosing myself daily with something that I shouldn’t? When I go to a restaurant (rarely), I can tell immediately if I eat something with MSG or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, and later I get a headache without fail. I really don’t think that I have a problem with Bragg, but…maybe .
I don’t think there is anything wrong with Braggs or Soy Sauce. It’s not like I drink a glass of it at every meal. I only use a little to make certain foods taste better. Go to this website: http://www.essentialoilcookbook.com/html/fascinating-braggs.htm It gives two sides to the story. And even after reading it everyone is still going to have their own opinions. One interesting thing is, Soy products have been used by Asians for thousands of years, that is a lot of Asian countries and they don’t seem to suffer any ill effects of eating soy products in their diets. Everything in moderation, even things that are good for you.
It sounds like you’re on bragg’s payroll
I am very disappointed to hear of all the negative information that people are getting from using the Braggs Liquid Aminos. I just purchased a bottle this week. Haven’t used it yet, but wondering if it is better to use it instead of the low sodium soysauce, or other seasonings.
I do realize that everything we eat, medicines , etc, we take have different affects on different people. Our bodies are different.
I have been using the Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar for several months now and find that it is very good for digestion problems.
This stuff is dangerous. Please get educated on this issue. All Liquid Aminos are POISON. Do your research. If you still are not for sure after you do some easy research all over the web, maybe you should avoid it anyhow. You wont miss it. Its not worth it. http://proliberty.com/observer/20091104.html
That’s for helping me identify the fact that it has a different name here in Canada. Just bought some today. 🙂
The problem I see is that people are making far too many assumptions.
What I also notice is that most people having problems with bragg’s liquid amino’s appear to be taking the produced straight, by that I mean they don’t mix the product with water.
Given that the product label states to mix with water before consuming.
Those who claim to have “tested”* the product never mention mixing it with water either… what gives?
*(if you read the articles are all assumptions based on reading the ingredient label)
Not one of those complaining about the product mentions the amount they consume either, if people consumed bragg’s liquid amino’s as much as the people in my local chinese restaurant consume soy sauce it’s not surprising to me that they’re getting sick from it, no one should be consuming that much soy of any sort. Even more so if it’s undiluted.
So before jumping to hastily made conclusions why not actually use the product as intended and use it in moderation, if you still have problems then guess what? It’s just not right for you.
Just like some people love almond butter and others have a bad reaction to it, that doesn’t make almond butter a horrible product, it just means it doesn’t work well for some people.
And until someone shows definitive proof… not this “take my word for it”, “I emailed someone”, “I read the label and have a chemistry degree” assumption based and anecdotally driven “proof” – then I’ll be enjoying this yummy product… sensibly diluted and in moderation.
Maybe Im stupid, but I still dont exactly get what this is used for or istead of? I saw it in a recipe on the HCG diet, so is it an alternative to soy sauce? An alternative to cooking oil?(Which you cant use in the beginning of HCG)Is it merely some “healthy” type of flavoring? Would love to know. Plus, what DOES it taste like?
@Philip, basically it’s a “soy sauce”. But it’s a healthier version
Thanks for this tip!
This is a great seasoning also for the 7 day cabbage soup diet week.
I usually recommend to my readers 1 tablespoon soy sauce maximum per day – as an allowed cheat while on the cabbage soup diet.
Using Braggs Liquid Aminos for seasoning the veggies is the better and healthier option!
Wow, all the gloom and doom ecofreaks are loose and active. It always happens when people make observations based on emotions instead of logic or emperical evidence. Almost everyone knows there are people with sensitivities to almost every kind of food or liquids. However, there are the majority who are not affected at all by the same foods or drinks.
We all must usually find the truth by ingestation and experience the results. The rants do nothing but foster arguments and muddle the truth.
Since I have high BP, salt or soy sauces or msg usually send it very high. I cant tell you scientifically why it happens, but I [and the wife] can and have used Braggs L-Aminos for 6 years in the place of salt. Our BP has come down and we now eat deliciously flavored foods with a little spritz of aminos and dont use salt or msg, etc, and we have never had any bad effects. We even carry a spritzer bottle when we travel to avoid the over salting of our foods by resturants.
The only problem is that I have to drive a 200 mile round trip to buy it or pay redicilous shipping charges by mail. Thats what livin in the boonies gets ya.
If you are on a salt restricted diet you would do well to try it. Ya might like it.
Thank you all very much for your comments(favorable and not favorable) which are really beneficial if you want to be sure of what you are really taking into your body. However, I agree with Rob, it is a healthier version. I am recovering from pancreatic cancer. No pain ever since, tumor is reducing in size. I have been on fruits and veggies diet for 2 months. But i have to admit that my discriminating palate started to look for something which will make vegetarian dishes delicious because i only put salt. My doctor, Dr. Romy Paredes, recommended Bragg Liquid Aminos. I just put a little and so far so good. Just in moderation.
I’ve used Bragg’s off and on over the years and I might have had some minimal MSG-like reactions to it, but not enough to stop using it (and I’m one who always way, way overreacts to chemicals). Like anything with salt in it, I use it only sparingly. They seem to admit to using hydrochloric acid in the processing of it, but then so does my stomach if I eat actual soybeans, or anything else actually. Those who have a problem with MSG should probably investigate further to get the truth about glutamic acid and in what form it might exist in the Bragg product. As for the FDA, forget it. With the facts that are available these days about the financial and corporate interests of the FDA, and its cohabitation with the pharmaceuticals, it would be naive to think that that organization holds anyone’s health uppermost, or is even on our side.
Fascinating discussion about this product. Definitely “both sides of the fence” points of view.
My stance is and always will be that this is a very healthy product and a great way to add a little sodium (salt) flavor to your dishes.
Anyone can be sensitive to anything, and can be sensitive one day and not the next.
It’s my opinion that the entire “scare” side of this story was started by health purists. Now… being a former and recovered food monk myself, I feel I can speak to their point of view as well as my own. I came to the conslusion that worrying about food and food purity was far more stressful than any danger from the food itself, and I in no way mean to say that this is a dangerous product, because it’s not.
Yes there is a little higher sodium in Braggs, so do what I do… dilute it with a little distilled water. Simple.
Is there MSG in it? even the original post where this all started said that “it’s chemically possible”, but then as other commenters have said, any bean that even goes into your stomach is exposed to hydrochloric acid and could produce msg IN YOUR OWN BODY.
I’d worry more about combining fruit with other foods resulting in fermentation in your colon which sends a direct feed of alcohol to your liver than I would about the safety of Braggs liquid aminos.
I dont have all the answers, but I’ve been consuming this product for nearly 20 years and will continue to recommend it to my students, friends and family as the healthy product that it is.
Be Well (and keep commenting if you have an opinion, or something to say)
mike roy says
Great Product. Made from vegetable protein. For the record, MSG is perfectly harmless. I use it instead of salt. The AMA has already concluded that glutamate can’t give you headaches. Try drinking less beer with your meals. There are huge amounts of glutamate in cheese and many other products. The sodium is added so that you can pour it. (accent) There is less sodium in msg which is (NOT contained in amino liquids) than there is in a slice of white bread. Check out the sodium on the label before you shoot your mouth off. Stay out of Subway and others.
mike roy says
One more thought. There are NO reactions to MSG. Read the AMA journals.
Kelly Baird says
I also use Braggs as a healthy replacement, but it has been brought to my attention once again about unfermented soy. I keep getting fermented and unfermented mixed up, but I have now finally realized which one is good and which one is bad.
Unfermented soy is not fit for human consumption, while the fermented has many health benefits. Braggs places all the positive aspects about their product on the bottle and places NOT fermented in that list, so I thought this was a good thing, but it is not. What do you think of this?
Ruby Torqueo says
Is there a non-soy version of aminos? I’m not good with soy products.
@Ruby…. I agree. In my opinion Soy is a crap product. Not really good for anyone and with all the GMO soy, it can be even worse. There is one condition in which Soy becomes quite acceptable for consumption. That condition is when it’s fermented and the microbes and such are allowed to break it down into fermented soy goodness. Braggs is one of those examples and so is Miso. Please, look up “benefits of fermented soy” products and their differences from plain soy. Fermented anything is completely different from the original and very important for our bodies. Kombucha tea is an example of a fermented food, as is Kefir and sauerkraut.
Hello all , mighty discussion here , may I make suggestion ? I too tend to be hypertensive , I watch my sodium intake critically . I miss it . However , guys , try a good quality sesame oil ! It has a wonderful quality , and is very strong , mix with a spritz of liquid smoke flavor sauce , and a little mrs. Dash of your favorite flavor , what a marinade ! Or salad dressing , add red cider vinegar / alittle more veg. oil . Done ! You will enjoy deep rich flavor , NO SALT HERE ! Live strong , noneck does .
Bragg’s is not a fermented soy product. Check their website: “Not fermented or heated and Gluten-Free.” http://www.bragg.com/products/la.html
Basically, Bragg’s is what many Chinese call “chemical soy sauce.” Its a cheap product and Bragg’s is only superior to them in that they do not add color or flavorings, but it is essentially the same thing.
Earth's General Store says
Just wanted to mention that Earth’s General Store offers Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as a bulk refill. Just bring in your old bottle (or any other bottle) and we can refill it for you. You don’t save a whole lot (about 50 cents for a bottle) but you do avoid tossing another bottle away.
We also have the Bragg’s organic Cider Vinegar in bulk as well for refilling.
Just so everyone is AWARE: Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are NOT a FERMENTED soy product. It is hydrolyzed…and truly some tastey stuff indeed. 🙂
Braggs Liquid Aminos is most certainly not healthy for you. Avoid it at all costs.
Rob, how can you claim Braggs is fermented, when as Kelly Baird pointed out above, it says right on the label ‘NOT Fermented’? Which is the major problem with it.
i have had the sleeve stomach surgery and i am having a hard time getting enough protein is amino acid good for that.my hair is falling out so i have to find something. thanks
Rob, unfortunately, you’ve been taken in big time by their marketing! So easy to look at something that claims to be part of a “healthy lifestyle”. Just recently, I, too, purchased some liquid aminos but after doing some research have found it to be just the opposite of healthy. I’m poor so I’ll use the remaining half of the 1 quart bottle but will never purchase it again. Remember a “claim” is very different than a “statement of fact”. Liquid Aminos is not very different from soy sauce and has more salt to boot. I had all but eliminated added salt from my diet (vegan) and after just a short time using Liquid Aminos, have almost become addicted to it. I have started adding salt back to my cooked foods. So it’s definitely habit forming and sneaky Liquid Aminos is to blame. Their serving size is VERY misleading. So much for being a trusted partner in a healthy lifestyle. VERY deceptive practice. I’m no longer going to use it and recommend you become more objective and skeptical about the foods you eat and go more towards natural, unprocessed whole foods.
I have blood pressure can I have liqiud Amino ?