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  1. PSA: Maybe you all already know this but I'm new to Whole 30 (day 5 y'all) so I'm still learning. I was digging through the forums today when I went to the soy sauce section and could not find coconut aminos anywhere, and everyone was saying "Go to a natural food store" "Trader joes" "Whole foods" etc. I don't know about you, but I want to get all my shopping done in ONE trip. So I started reading about substitutions for coconut aminos such as fish sauce and balsamic vinegar. The fish sauce wasn't compliant, so I made my way to the balsamic aisle and Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos were right there! There were also some non-compliant Bragg's soy sauces there. I shop at Star Market, which is also known as Shaw's and is in the same company group as ACME. Who says eating Whole30 has to break the bank? I got my gas points and everything
  2. Coconut Aminos Question

    Hello! Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere but I'm about to run to the store! With the new rule change, would Coconut Secret, Teriyaki Sauce, Coconut Aminos, now be compliant? I know during my first round in January I bought it but did not use because I heard it was non-compliant. It is now compliant with the change regarding coconut aminos? Thanks!
  3. Hi Everybody! A lot of whole 30 recipes have coconut aminos in the ingredients. The things is, I can't find it anywhere! I live in Quebec, Canada. So no Whole foods or those type of stores I wish we had. I checked on Amazon Canada, but it's 20$ + shipping for a small bottle, which is a lot of money for me. Any other Quebec whole 30'ers out there? Were you able to find coconut aminos somewhere? Please let me know Merci, bonne soirée! (In Quebec, we speak french!)
  4. I did my first Whole 30 last June and did fairly well. I'm looking to do my second on May 1st and just finished 'It Starts With Food,' which I absolutely loved. However, I noticed in some of the recipes provided that they use coconut aminos. I'm curious what purpose they serve - are they a thickening agent, a dairy replacement, etc. Also curious to know it's consistency and taste. Thanks!
  5. NEW!! Coconut Aminos and Chips

    NEW WHOLE30 RULES: CHIPS AND COCONUT AMINOS 27 March, 2017 From Whole30 headmistress Melissa Hartwig, who works really hard to make the program both effective and easy to follow It’s been a long time since I’ve issued any changes to the Whole30 rules; the last was in 2014, when we brought back the white potato. Making a rule change is a really big deal; it’s a huge communication effort to share the new information with millions of people worldwide and update all of our books and resources. But food manufacturers continue to create grain-free, dairy-free products that didn’t exist when I wrote the original Whole30 rules, and frankly, they’re making my job really hard here. After much research, discussion with my forum moderators, and consulting the Whole30 team, we concur it’s time to revise a few points, based on the current marketplace. Here are two new Whole30 rules, effective April 1, 2017 (or right now, since you’re reading it). If you want, just read the rules and apply, easy-peasy. If you want to hear the thought process behind the changes, however, I’ll describe in detail below. New Whole30 Rules No store-bought chips of any origin (potato, tortilla, plantain, coconut, kale…) Coconut aminos are an exception to the “no added sugar” rule (and continue to be permissible on the program) No more plantain chips on the #Whole30? Spread the word; two NEW Whole30 rules. CLICK TO TWEET No Store-Bought Chips When we brought white potatoes back in 2014, one sticky issue was, “How do we keep people from eating French fries and potato chips, as those are obviously not in the spirit of the Whole30?” The answer was easy; saying, “No potato chips, and no restaurant or fast-food fries.” Back in 2014, all you could find in the store were potato chips or “Sweets n Beets.” Kale or broccoli “chips” didn’t exist, tortilla chips were made only with corn, and plantain chips were just showing up on the scene, but not popular enough to be on our radar. Over the last few years, the variety of “healthy” chips in stores have exploded. You can now buy “nacho” flavored kale chips, cassava flour tortilla chips, and “roasted” plantain chips containing technically compliant Whole30 ingredients. This has caused great confusion in the community—kale chips must be okay because they’re kale, but what about plantain chips, or those potato chips fried in unrefined coconut oil? It was hard to keep up with; a fact I saw reflected in the #whole30 photos you’re posting on Instagram. In thinking about how to communicate my thoughts on the place of chips on the Whole30, I kept coming back to the central theme: Face-planting into a packaged bag of chips (of any nature) has no place in resetting your health, habits, and relationship with food. Especially plantain chips. You know you crack out on them, and news flash: THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY HEALTHY. So, allow us to make it easy for you, and return to our Whole30 “real, whole, nutrient-dense” food roots: No store-bought chips. Period. Not even if they’re kale. Not even if they’re roasted. Not even if they’re cooked in coconut oil. Chips of any nature are counter to the Whole30 mission, they’re pushing more nutrient-dense food off your plate, and they’re all too easy to turn into food with no brakes. It’s only 30 days, and you can do better. Feel free to make your own real-food version at home; bake kale leaves, pan-fry plantain slices, or roast potato wedges. But please, no deep-frying. That should go without saying. Coconut Aminos Coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute made from coconut) came on the Whole30 scene around 2013. The first company to release the product was Coconut Secret, and the ingredients read, “Organic coconut ‘sap’ aged and blended with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt.” Based on this ingredient list*, it appeared totally Whole30 compliant. We began using aminos in our recipes and cookbooks, creating Asian-inspired dishes with exciting flavors. Today, we have a variety of aminos; Big Tree Farms is a major market player, and Thrive Market has their own brand of aminos. Trouble is, their ingredients read slightly different: “Organic fair trade coconut blossom nectar, sea salt.” And it’s that one word, “nectar,” that’s causing trouble, because in Whole30 lingo, “nectar” = “sugar.” I got on the phone with Elizabeth from Big Tree Farms, so she could explain the way aminos are made. The nectar itself is harvested from the coconut flower blossoms (not the tree itself, as the word “sap” might indicate). From there, you can do a few things with the nectar: brew it down with sea salt and water (natural fermentation may be part of this process) and turn it into aminos; dry it and allow it to granulate, turning it into coconut sugar; or sell it as coconut syrup, a liquid sweetener substitute. So technically, all aminos are derived from a sugar source—but not all labels are clear about that. Which means that according to the current rules, some brands of aminos are out, while some are allowed, based solely on the way the companies chose to write the ingredients on the label. Furthermore, unlike the other two forms of coconut nectar, aminos are not a sugar substitute. Would you add it to your coffee or tea, or pour it over berries? (EW.) To avoid further confusion, we’re just going to write a new exclusion into the rules: “coconut aminos” are compliant for the program, even if the word “nectar” is on the label. *When you read the rest of the Coconut Secret label, the word “sap” is in quotation marks, and the bottle description does say it comes from “sap that exudes from the coconut blossom.” Consumers (myself included) assumed the product came from the tree (or the coconut itself), but it is sourced from the coconut blossom, just like the other brands. Next Steps First, these new rules officially go into effect on April 1, 2017. If you’ve been eating ingredient-compliant plantain chips or store-bought kale chips, you don’t have to start over; just stop eating them. (And if you’ve been using aminos of any brand, nothing actually changes.) Second, we’d appreciate you helping us share the rules by reposting our Instagram post, sharing our Facebook post, or Tweeting about it (below). Have you heard? TWO new #Whole30 rules re: chips and coconut aminos! Details here. CLICK TO TWEET Third, we’ve already updated the Can I Have blog post, the Whole30 Program Rules, and the accompanying PDF. We’re also in the process of cleaning up old forum entries with out-of-date info. However, patience, please, as that process could take a while. I’m also working the revisions into immediate reprints of The Whole30 and The Whole30 Cookbook. Finally, we’ll be working with our partners at Thrive Market and Barefoot Provisions to remove kale chips from their Whole30 kits. This could take a little while, logistically. On behalf of the Whole30 team, thank you for your continued support and your tolerance for these occasional changes. We are always evaluating the rules for their logic, foundation in science, effectiveness, and ease of use. Balancing all of those isn’t always easy, but we think these changes encompass the spirit and intention of the program, while making it even easier for you to follow the rules. Even if you’re mad about the plantain chips.
  6. NEW WHOLE30 RULES: CHIPS AND COCONUT AMINOS 27 March, 2017 From Whole30 headmistress Melissa Hartwig, who works really hard to make the program both effective and easy to follow It’s been a long time since I’ve issued any changes to the Whole30 rules; the last was in 2014, when we brought back the white potato. Making a rule change is a really big deal; it’s a huge communication effort to share the new information with millions of people worldwide and update all of our books and resources. But food manufacturers continue to create grain-free, dairy-free products that didn’t exist when I wrote the original Whole30 rules, and frankly, they’re making my job really hard here. After much research, discussion with my forum moderators, and consulting the Whole30 team, we concur it’s time to revise a few points, based on the current marketplace. Here are two new Whole30 rules, effective April 1, 2017 (or right now, since you’re reading it). If you want, just read the rules and apply, easy-peasy. If you want to hear the thought process behind the changes, however, I’ll describe in detail below. New Whole30 Rules No store-bought chips of any origin (potato, tortilla, plantain, coconut, kale…) Coconut aminos are an exception to the “no added sugar” rule (and continue to be permissible on the program) No more plantain chips on the #Whole30? Spread the word; two NEW Whole30 rules. CLICK TO TWEET No Store-Bought Chips When we brought white potatoes back in 2014, one sticky issue was, “How do we keep people from eating French fries and potato chips, as those are obviously not in the spirit of the Whole30?” The answer was easy; saying, “No potato chips, and no restaurant or fast-food fries.” Back in 2014, all you could find in the store were potato chips or “Sweets n Beets.” Kale or broccoli “chips” didn’t exist, tortilla chips were made only with corn, and plantain chips were just showing up on the scene, but not popular enough to be on our radar. Over the last few years, the variety of “healthy” chips in stores have exploded. You can now buy “nacho” flavored kale chips, cassava flour tortilla chips, and “roasted” plantain chips containing technically compliant Whole30 ingredients. This has caused great confusion in the community—kale chips must be okay because they’re kale, but what about plantain chips, or those potato chips fried in unrefined coconut oil? It was hard to keep up with; a fact I saw reflected in the #whole30 photos you’re posting on Instagram. In thinking about how to communicate my thoughts on the place of chips on the Whole30, I kept coming back to the central theme: Face-planting into a packaged bag of chips (of any nature) has no place in resetting your health, habits, and relationship with food. Especially plantain chips. You know you crack out on them, and news flash: THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY HEALTHY. So, allow us to make it easy for you, and return to our Whole30 “real, whole, nutrient-dense” food roots: No store-bought chips. Period. Not even if they’re kale. Not even if they’re roasted. Not even if they’re cooked in coconut oil. Chips of any nature are counter to the Whole30 mission, they’re pushing more nutrient-dense food off your plate, and they’re all too easy to turn into food with no brakes. It’s only 30 days, and you can do better. Feel free to make your own real-food version at home; bake kale leaves, pan-fry plantain slices, or roast potato wedges. But please, no deep-frying. That should go without saying. Coconut Aminos Coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute made from coconut) came on the Whole30 scene around 2013. The first company to release the product was Coconut Secret, and the ingredients read, “Organic coconut ‘sap’ aged and blended with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt.” Based on this ingredient list*, it appeared totally Whole30 compliant. We began using aminos in our recipes and cookbooks, creating Asian-inspired dishes with exciting flavors. Today, we have a variety of aminos; Big Tree Farms is a major market player, and Thrive Market has their own brand of aminos. Trouble is, their ingredients read slightly different: “Organic fair trade coconut blossom nectar, sea salt.” And it’s that one word, “nectar,” that’s causing trouble, because in Whole30 lingo, “nectar” = “sugar.” I got on the phone with Elizabeth from Big Tree Farms, so she could explain the way aminos are made. The nectar itself is harvested from the coconut flower blossoms (not the tree itself, as the word “sap” might indicate). From there, you can do a few things with the nectar: brew it down with sea salt and water (natural fermentation may be part of this process) and turn it into aminos; dry it and allow it to granulate, turning it into coconut sugar; or sell it as coconut syrup, a liquid sweetener substitute. So technically, all aminos are derived from a sugar source—but not all labels are clear about that. Which means that according to the current rules, some brands of aminos are out, while some are allowed, based solely on the way the companies chose to write the ingredients on the label. Furthermore, unlike the other two forms of coconut nectar, aminos are not a sugar substitute. Would you add it to your coffee or tea, or pour it over berries? (EW.) To avoid further confusion, we’re just going to write a new exclusion into the rules: “coconut aminos” are compliant for the program, even if the word “nectar” is on the label. *When you read the rest of the Coconut Secret label, the word “sap” is in quotation marks, and the bottle description does say it comes from “sap that exudes from the coconut blossom.” Consumers (myself included) assumed the product came from the tree (or the coconut itself), but it is sourced from the coconut blossom, just like the other brands. Next Steps First, these new rules officially go into effect on April 1, 2017. If you’ve been eating ingredient-compliant plantain chips or store-bought kale chips, you don’t have to start over; just stop eating them. (And if you’ve been using aminos of any brand, nothing actually changes.) Second, we’d appreciate you helping us share the rules by reposting our Instagram post, sharing our Facebook post, or Tweeting about it (below). Have you heard? TWO new #Whole30 rules re: chips and coconut aminos! Details here. CLICK TO TWEET Third, we’ve already updated the Can I Have blog post, the Whole30 Program Rules, and the accompanying PDF. We’re also in the process of cleaning up old forum entries with out-of-date info. However, patience, please, as that process could take a while. I’m also working the revisions into immediate reprints of The Whole30 and The Whole30 Cookbook. Finally, we’ll be working with our partners at Thrive Market and Barefoot Provisions to remove kale chips from their Whole30 kits. This could take a little while, logistically. On behalf of the Whole30 team, thank you for your continued support and your tolerance for these occasional changes. We are always evaluating the rules for their logic, foundation in science, effectiveness, and ease of use. Balancing all of those isn’t always easy, but we think these changes encompass the spirit and intention of the program, while making it even easier for you to follow the rules. Even if you’re mad about the plantain chips.
  7. I shop for a lot of my pantry items on Thrive Market. I have been using close to a year and I love it. But I am a bit confused since I'm new to the whole30... is coconut flower blossom nectar compliant since it's basically sugar syrup? It says 2g of sugar on ingredient label as well. On the site, their brand of coconut aminos is a part of their whole30 starter kit so I'm really confused. Please help! I already purchased it a while back instead of soy sauce but scared to use until I can gather this information. I asked Thrive and this was my response: "Coconut aminos are made from the organic sap of the coconut tree; therefore, they have quite a bit of amino acids. These tend to also have a lower glycemic index and nutrient dense. Coconut nectar is similar to coconut sugar except in a syrup form. I hope that this information does help a bit. I do ask that you defer back to Whole 30 for any additional information specific to the requirements of your Whole 30 needs and lifestyle, or to your trusted health professionals." So they endorse it being Whole30 but are unsure, which makes me unsure, haha. Thoughts? : )
  8. So I am from Canada and I saw on the coconut secret website that the coconut aminos in Canada are labelled as "soy free seasoning sauce" to be in compliance with the CIFA regulations and that they are not raw as they must be pasteurized to remain stable during shipping. I noticed on the bottle I got that the ingredients list differs slightly from the American version: Canadian version: Organic coconut tree sap, sea salt American version: Organic coconut tree sap aged and blended with sun dried, mineral rich sea salt I know this may seem silly and very picky, but my question is, is this still the same product? And is it still compliant if it is not raw? I am only on day three of my first (technically second; this is a restart having accidentally eaten sulfites on day 20 of my previous) whole30 and I have vowed to remain as compliant as possible. Thank you so much for any advice/help!
  9. Coconut aminos?

    Can we have coconut aminos....original, teriyaki or any other flavors that might be available? Really needing to change up some flavors. Thanks a bunch!
  10. How do you use coconut aminos?

    OMG. You guys. Coconut aminos. Coconut! Aminos! I finally found some the other day and put them on my ground-beef-with-carrots-peppers-and-broccoli lunch and OMG. I just ate that lunch, and I am so excited. It tasted like actual soy sauce— but not cloying and plastic-y, which is sort of what I remember about the taste of actual soy sauce. And no, I have not forgotten the taste of soy sauce just since I started my Whole30 three weeks ago; I have been legume-free since 2003 (That could be a bumper sticker, maybe?). Now that I have found coconut aminos, I am interested in having the soy sauce taste experiences previously foreclosed to me, but I don't even know what kinds of foods and food combinations are improved by soy. I figured that you all would have some good suggestions, so, without further ado... What are your favorite Whole30-compliant recipes that use coconut aminos? I'm also sensitive to eggs, so egg-free coconut amino recipes would be especially appreciated. Thank you!
  11. My husband is allergic to Coconut. Is there a non-soy alternative to coconut aminos? Or in the Well Fed Stir Fry Sauce and Best Ever Chicken, will it be ok if I just omit it? Thanks Connie