Health & Wellness

Switching Soy Sauce Can Halve Your Sodium Intake

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

While soy sauce can add a lot of flavor to your favorite dishes, it does have some downsides. Because of the traditional way soy sauce is produced, each serving has very high levels of sodium. In fact, on average, one tablespoon of soy sauce contains more than half the recommended daily sodium we should be consuming.

Switching your soy sauce can halve your sodium intake for a healthier balanced diet while still allowing you to enjoy a rich, flavorful dish.

Low-Sodium Soy Sauce Substitutes

Instead of relying on traditional soy sauce to add flavor, there is a range of low-sodium soy sauce substitutes available. Here at San-J, we carefully craft Tamari, a soy sauce substitute, using a Japanese brewing method passed down through eight generations.

While our Tamari Soy Sauce might look similar to soy sauce, the biggest difference between the two is the ingredients. Unlike soy sauce, our Tamari Soy Sauce is made with 100% soybeans and no wheat. Also, our soybeans are fermented for up to six months before we press them.

The result is a sauce that has a much richer and smoother taste than soy sauce. Because of the way it is produced, Tamari also has much less sodium than soy sauce. Try it in your favorite marinades dips, stir-fries and sauces!

Along with our Tamari Soy Sauces, we also have a variety of low-sodium sauces such as our new Teriyaki Lite, which has 50% less sodium. Even though it has less sodium, it still delivers a sweet and savory finish in any dish. Whether you add it to shrimp, tofu or chicken, you’ll find the honey, ginger and sake flavors hard to resist.

3 Additional Tips for a Sodium-Friendly Diet

Along with choosing soy sauce substitutes like Tamari, there are many other ways that you can reduce your sodium consumption levels. Here are three additional tips to try out:

  1. Measure your portions: Instead of freely pouring salty sauces, carefully measure your portion sizes for marinades and dips.
  2. Use fresh vegetables: Canned vegetables such as corn or green beans, while convenient, often have high sodium levels to keep them fresh and flavorful on the shelf. So, whether you are cooking a stir-fry or side for your meal, opt for fresh vegetables instead.
  3. Incorporate other ingredients: Don’t just rely on salty sauces for flavor — there are plenty of other ingredients you can include alongside your favorite sauce, such as fresh herbs, spices or onions and garlic, that will add plenty of flavor.

Add a Rich, Complex Taste to Your Favorite Dishes With Our Carefully Crafted Tamari Sauces

Here at San-J, our line of Tamari and Asian cooking sauces will help you enjoy authentic food experiences with your friends and family. Whether you are creating dishes with our Thai Peanut or Orange Sauce, you can feel good about indulging in and serving these lower-sodium options to your loved ones.

With our product locator tool, you can easily find a store near you that carries our sauces.