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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

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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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lazur lazur 1 year

Bragg's Aminos is made of hydrolyzed protein, which has MSG. The label used to say "no MSG", perhaps because they didn't -add- any, but the FDA made them them take it off. Between MSG, double-high sodium, & a meaninglessly tiny amount of aminos, Bragg's is NOT health-food. Do not use!

Gary2351015 Gary2351015 3 years
I'm confused. The article says that to determine how much protein you need daily to multiply your body weight by .36 pounds or .8 kg. So, at 162 lbs, I should eat 58.3 what? Pounds of protein? Ounces? Grams? I belive that the correct amount for my weight and activity level is about 3 1/2 ounces. How does that relate to 58.3?
Caribbean24 Caribbean24 6 years
It's great to use with hair products as well. A couple drops can add a little protein for your hair
FinnKelley FinnKelley 7 years
DONT use this crap, Braggs is made by combining high-heat soy sluff (leftovers) with hydrochloric acid and then dumping in MORE acid to neutralize the chemical effect; That's what is producing salty flavour. It also contain glutamic acid. Ever heard of MSG? Yea. One doesn't have to wonder too long why vegans and vegetarians like this stuff so much. Soy sauce is not high in calories, get the unpasteurized Nama Shoyu if you want saltiness.
FinnKelley FinnKelley 7 years
DONT use this crap, Braggs is made by combining high-heat soy sluff (leftovers) with hydrochloric acid and then dumping in MORE acid to neutralize the chemical effect; That's what is producing salty flavour. It also contain glutamic acid. Ever heard of MSG? Yea. One doesn't have to wonder too long why vegans and vegetarians like this stuff so much. Soy sauce is not high in calories, get the unpasteurized Nama Shoyu if you want saltiness.
kia kia 7 years
I use Bragg's Amino Acids if they are around, but won't go out to buy my own bottle.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 7 years
i buy a very inexpensive protein powder at walmart. it is a vanilla flavored whey protein powder that i mix with water. it actually tastes good, and it dissolves well by mixing with a spoon. no clumps of powder left in the drink! it includes a scoop you may use per serving the scoop is about a 30grams/serving, and it contains about 27 grams of protein/serving, so it is mostly pure whey protein. i think it has about 100 calories per scoop. of course you can take less or more. but for about $14 for 2pounds of the stuff i can't complain. i find it in the section with the workout supplements. might go well with shakes and smoothies too. i just drink it plain with water after a workout.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 7 years
i buy a very inexpensive protein powder at walmart.it is a vanilla flavored whey protein powder that i mix with water.it actually tastes good, and it dissolves well by mixing with a spoon. no clumps of powder left in the drink!it includes a scoop you may use per servingthe scoop is about a 30grams/serving, and it contains about 27 grams of protein/serving, so it is mostly pure whey protein. i think it has about 100 calories per scoop.of course you can take less or more.but for about $14 for 2pounds of the stuffi can't complain.i find it in the section with the workout supplements.might go well with shakes and smoothies too.i just drink it plain with water after a workout.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I know I don't get enough protein some days (if not most) so I do use braggs as a supplement. As bad as this sounds; when it's hot outside, I just don't have an appetite and I *know* I don't eat enough. Being vegan on top of that... every little bit helps. And I love braggs.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Not something I would try...
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Not something I would try...
oilinwater oilinwater 7 years
Quinoa is a complete protein, and can be used instead of rice or pasta in most dishes.
foxie foxie 7 years
I LOVE Braggs.
foxie foxie 7 years
I LOVE Braggs.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think I'm just going to keep eating my eggs and nuts and milk and meat to get my amino acids. I never thought of using Braggs as a replacement for soy sauce...it must taste okay.
kgtg1 kgtg1 7 years
Mmmm... I love Braggs.
kgtg1 kgtg1 7 years
Mmmm... I love Braggs.
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