What is Soy Sauce? Is it Bad for My Health?

Soy sauce (also known as soya sauce) is one of the world’s oldest condiments that has been brewed in Asia for more than 2,500 years.

Soy sauce is made from fermented soy beans mixed with roasted grain (usually wheat), water and salt.

Traditionally, soy sauce is fermented naturally with a special yeast mold. Nowadays, this process is often replaced with acid hydrolysis - a chemical process that artificially breaks down the soy proteins and allows to decrease the time of brewing from several months to 2-3 days.

Traditionally brewed soy sauce retains its quality when kept in glass bottles.

Is Soy Sauce Bad for My Health?

According to some studies, soy sauce contains 10 times as many antioxidants as present in the red wine and 150 times more potent than vitamin C.
Therefore, soy sauce can not only help protect against cell damage but also help prevent cancer and heart disease, and slow the effects of aging.

However, Soy sauce is high in calories. If you are concerned about the weight gain, soy sauce should definitely be on your list of foods to avoid.

In addition, immoderate intake of soy sauce may lead to hypertension, dehydration and osteoporosis.

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