Bragg Liquid Aminos: must-have healthy kitchen ingredient

betty ming liu Food, Health 16 Comments

Bragg Liquid Aminos is such a horrible name for such a delicious product! But I promise you, Bragg is terrific on food. Since I like to keep my cooking preparations simple and fast, Bragg is always close at hand. By the way, for everyone who loves my home-made meals, I will now reveal that this product is my secret sauce.

Why Bragg Liquid Aminos? 

Here are 9 reasons why I love Bragg Liquid Aminos:

Bragg Liquid Aminos1) Bragg is made of soy protein — and nothing else. It’s gluten-free and sugar-free. There’s no added salt, so it’s not overly salty. This seasoning is a godsend for those of us with special food issues and allergies.

2) My first use for this dark brown liquid was as a soy sauce substitute. By comparison, soy sauce is toxic crap…read the label. Depending on the brand, you’ll find everything from corn syrup, sugar and wheat to alcohol and msg. Disgusting!

3) Bragg adds a special nuance and depth to any dish. It’s a venerable health food specialty item that’s incredibly versatile. I splash Bragg into everything: Soups, meat marinades, sauces and dressings. When I’m cooking just for myself at home, all I usually use is just Bragg and a little olive oil. Sometimes, I don’t even need the oil.

4) Bragg has no calories.

5) This stuff just plain tastes good! Its fans go way beyond the hard-core health crowd. After tasting it at my house, several friends have started using it too.

6) Bragg comes in a little 6-ounce-sized plastic spray bottle that’s very portable. If you’re super-allergic and plan to dine in an Asian restaurant, tote it in your bag. I’ve even packed it in my luggage on long trips.

7) What excellent value! The hefty 32-ounce beauty pictured here will usually run you $7.99 to $8.99 at a health food store. Note to shoppers: Gourmet and special retailers do NOT carry Bragg. But operations like Whole Foods stock plenty of it. For the best prices, go to Bragg.com.

8) Since I detest the major packaged food corporations and their evil empire marketing tricks, I am thrilled to support products made by the Bragg clan. This family-run American business of self-described “health crusaders” has a lively and somewhat eccentric legacy in the world of organic living. Founder Paul Bragg was quite a character.

9) Bragg helps people enjoy once-forbidden flavors again. I have a friend in Alcoholics Anonymous. One day while he and his family were eating over, we were chatting in the kitchen. When he spotted the bottle with the unfamiliar yellow label, I started explaining everything you’re reading here…and he almost started crying. It had been many years since he’d tasted soy sauce on his Chinese takeout. Now he keeps Bragg in his pantry too.

It’s a relief to blog about Bragg. At last, I’m free from constantly describing this good-natured sauce to people who want my recipes. Now you know how this product has helped me through the decades.

So here’s to happy eating and our good health.  :)

Comments 16

  1. I’ve been happily consuming Bragg for 20 years. Here’s a 10th reason to love it: it’s even kosher! And the guy who invented it, Paul C. Bragg, is said to have opened the first health food store in the US. Now that’s something to brag about.

  2. Anything named “Bragg” is definitely going to make things taste good. My cooking needs it. Now I’ve got another reason to go to Whole Foods. I’m gettin’ ready to “bragg”. Thanks so much.

  3. I LOVE these! I’ve been eating this since I was a little girl; my favorite snack back then was dousing this all over brown rice with vegetables and then melting cheese on top. (Clearly, my parents taught us well!) So delicious. Great post introducing this wonderful product to everyone.

  4. I’ve seen this in stores for years, and had no idea what it was. Thanks for explaining it all — and guess I’ll try some.

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    wow, i wasn’t expected to get so much feedback (no pun intended — haha). it’s like us bragg folks are part of an exclusive club. who knew that we could find each other here?

    if this post is helpful in explaining our healthy pleasure, i hope you’ll share it. as you know, there isn’t much about bragg online that feels reasonably sane. of course, there’s some health nut stuff out there, which isn’t much fun to read.

    personally, i’m waiting for a legit news source to do a real story about the bragg family and its products. i would love to get some context for its legacy on the health food and organic eats scene. meantime, happy to keep using bragg products. :)

  6. Ms. Betty — never heard of ’em. but will try to see how I can use them. Hey, thank you very, very much for stopping by the ole porkster. Really a treat when you drop in for a visit and make a nice comment. Very cool of ya.

    Keep it up, girl. I enjoy reading how you’re doing and living life to its fullest!

  7. Thanks again, Betty! I still remember you were the one who introduced this product via your blog and this is the 2nd time you blogged this product in details. For one thing I don’t understand why they picked this “unwelcome” marketing label? If you don’t know about this product, you will not be attracted to put into your shopping basket. I have this product at my home, too!

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      you have an excellent memory, shirley! i blogged about bragg on my old blog, which no longer exists. so i wanted to make sure it was here on my current website.

      as for the unappealing label, i think it’s so ugly that it’s become part of bragg’s signature look. it’s as if the bragg family is saying, we are here with good stuff that we believe in and we’re too busy on our mission to waste time on conning you with fancy marketing. that’s ok, isn’t it? :)

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  9. The best item you can have in your pantry is Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and now I’ve added a new item, Liquid Aminos. Agreed that the labels on the bottle sounds so horrible. Still learning how to add this into my daily dishes.

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      you know, maybe i should pick up some of bragg’s cider vinegar. haven’t used it in years. thanks for the reminder! and stay close, because i will keep posting recipes with liquid aminos. hopefully, they’ll help you get used to this wonderful product with the off-putting name. :)

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  11. I have been having allergy problems and tried braggs sauce to replace soy sauce. after having my worst reaction yet, i googled the one ingredient on the bottle…. well, that one ingredient is now, what i know to be what I am very allergic to… MSG, could be deadly for me :-(

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      Michelle, you raise a really interesting point about MSG, one that I wasn’t aware of before…

      On their website, the Bragg folks say their product is made of two ingredients: non-GMO soybeans and purified water. They go on to explain that MSG is found naturally and that includes trace amounts in soybeans. I’m so sorry you had that terrible experience. But I also want to thank you for educating me.

      This is what it says on the Bragg website: “Bragg Liquid Aminos 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.”

      It goes on to add this: “Also, Bragg does not add any MSG to its liquid amino products. However, MSG is found naturally occurring in many foods, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and soybeans. Since Bragg Liquid Aminos is made from soybeans, there can be some very small amounts of naturally occurring MSG. Patricia Bragg is personally very opposed to adding MSG as a food ingredient to foods, and she is very sensitive to MSG. Many of our customers who are very sensitive to MSG have never had any adverse reactions to Bragg Liquid Aminos.”

      For anyone who would like to read more, here is the website link: http://www.bragg.com/products/bragg-liquid-aminos-soy-alternative.html

      Thanks again for clarifying, Michelle!

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