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What's the Deal With Liquid Amino Acids?

Why Vegetarians May Want to Use Liquid Amino Acids on Everything

Have you ever seen a bottle of Bragg Liquid Aminos at the grocery store and wondered what it was all about? It's a great gluten-free alternative to soy sauce because of its salty umami flavor, but it's also a vegetarian source 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 nine, 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, and meat) contain all the essential amino acids. Vegetarians or vegans can obtain all their essential amino acids (known as a complete proteins) by eating a variety of plant-based proteins — beans, whole grains, nuts, or seeds. Enjoy them together in one meal, or the combination can be consumed over the same day.

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 0.36 or your weight in kilograms by 0.8.

If you're using Bragg Liquid Aminos as a way to get your daily essential ammino acids, you should know that it only offers eight of the nine essential amino acids (doesn't contain tryptophan). It can't hurt to add this to your soups, casseroles, whole grains, tofu marinades, sauces, and dressings, but since Bragg Amino Acids only offers 0.5 grams of protein per teaspoon, make sure you're also getting enough protein.

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lazur lazur 3 years

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 5 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 7 years
It's great to use with hair products as well. A couple drops can add a little protein for your hair
FinnKelley FinnKelley 9 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 9 years
I use Bragg's Amino Acids if they are around, but won't go out to buy my own bottle.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 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.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 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 9 years
Not something I would try...
oilinwater oilinwater 9 years
Quinoa is a complete protein, and can be used instead of rice or pasta in most dishes.
foxie foxie 9 years
I LOVE Braggs.
Spectra Spectra 9 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 must taste okay.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Mmmm... I love Braggs.
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