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Soy sauce is one of the worlds oldest condiments, it have been known since 200 BC.

Soy sauceWhen made the old fashioned way and from healthy raw materials, soy sauce is said to be a healthy product. I will not say what is correct. I will merely compare some facts.

It can take months to make Soy sauce the traditional way. In order not to get too technical i will here give the short version of how to make soy souse.

The sauce is made of salt water, roasted grain and cooked soybeans  to this is added a fermentation fungus. The paste must then ferment for several months. For high quality soy sauce the fermentation process can easily take up to 18 month. Finally the soy sauce is pressed out of the paste.

When commercially produced in a modern soy sauce factory, there is normally no 18 month fermentation process, there are instead used another method called chemical hydrolysis. This process include the chemicals hydrochloric acid and sodium carbonate. This process only takes 8 to 12 hours.

Also we should not forget that soy sauce is a processed condiments, made up of more than one ingredient. So it is important to look at the ingredient there are used. In USA about 90 % of the soy beans gen modified.

So when shopping for soy sauce spend a little time to find the most healthy looking one. The one you see on the picture is the one i use, it have fermented for 12 month. 

The nutrient fact, below, is based on 100 gram of Soy sauce made from soy beans,

be aware of not all Soy sauces have the same nutrients.

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Vitamins

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 0
Thiamin mg 0.059
Riboflavin mg 0.152
Niacin mg 3.951
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.2
Folate, DFE µg 18
Vitamin B-12 µg 0
Vitamin A, RAE µg 0
Vitamin A, IU IU 0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 0

Lipids

Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.011
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.017
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.044
Fatty acids, total trans g 0
Cholesterol mg 0

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Proximates

Water g 66
Energy kcal 60
Protein g 10.51
Total lipid (fat) g 0.1
Carbohydrate, by difference g 5.57
Fiber, total dietary g 0.8
Sugars, total g 1.7

Minerals

Calcium, Ca mg 20
Iron, Fe mg 2.38
Magnesium, Mg mg 40
Phosphorus, P mg 130
Potassium, K mg 212
Sodium, Na mg 5586
Zinc, Zn mg 0.43

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