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Old 11-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Why does soy sauce have to contain so much salt?

Why does soy sauce have to contain so much salt?

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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Walmart carries a lite soy sauce. I don't know why regular has so much salt, but this one is much better.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Just like when making sauerkraut, soy bean mash is submerged in a brine solution while it ferments. The salt acts as a preservative.

And a more basic answer to the question is that in Asian cooking, soy sauce is used instead of salt. So it's intended as a seasoning.

Some types have less salt than others. For example, Chinese premium dark soy sauce has a richer flavor and is lower in sodium than other types.

One thing I would suggest is avoiding brands like "La Choy" (or any other brand where "Hydrolyzed Soy Protein" is in the list of ingredients) which doesn't rely on fermentation to make the sauce, but rather takes the quick route by adding concentrated hydrochloric acid to break down the soy beans, and then adds an alkaline ingredient to neutralize the acid. After this, artificial colors and flavors are added. Yuck.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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Does that mean that it doesn't need to be refrigerated?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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Does that mean that it doesn't need to be refrigerated?
As with any food, the label should tell if refrigeration is necessary after opening.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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One of the main ingredients in soy sauce is salt.

It keeps down the population of bad bacteria
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:55 PM   #7
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I see. Thank you all.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:43 AM   #8
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Yes, thanks all. I learned a lot from reading all this.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:56 AM   #9
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you can buy low salt soy sauce here in australia, not sure if its the same in the US but worth a look maybe :)
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:41 AM   #10
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Kikkoman low sodium soy sauce is excellent.
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