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I was looking to pickup some coconut aminos for my whole30 starting next week, and in Australia, my brand options are limited. I've seen some posts in this forum mentioning Niulife as having coconut sugar (specifically sugar, not just nectar) in the ingredients list. But in my searching, I saw it listed here


with  Ingredients: Fermented Coconut Nectar, Bird's Eye Chili, Garlic, Onion, and sun-dried mineral-rich sea salt

Does that mean it is compliant?


From the same site, I also found:


Coconut Teriyaki Sauce -  Ingredients: Organic coconut nectar, garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, sun-dried mineral-rich sea salt.

and  https://www.doorsteporganics.com.au/Coconut-Barbeque-Sauce-Niulife-250ml?search=niulife

Coconut BBQ Sauce -  Ingredients: Barrel-aged aged coconut nectar, garlic, sun-dried mineral-rich sea salt.

and https://www.doorsteporganics.com.au/Coconut-Sweet-Chilli-Sauce-Niulife-250ml?search=niulife

Coconut Sweet Chilli Sauce -  Ingredients: Coconut Vinegar, Bird's Eye Chili, Garlic, Garlic Powder and mineral-rich sea salt. 


I generally think that if something seems too good to be true, but given stirfries are such a staple for me, I am looking for alternate ingredients. What do you reckon? Are any of the above compliant? I thought perhaps the "Teriyaki" might be okay? BBQ sauce surely not, but the sweet chilli sauce only mentions coconut vinegar - how can this be the case?? 

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I'm obviously not a moderator but I believe that the fermented nector in the coconut aminos is okay because the fermentation process eats the sugar, the same way kimchi, pickles and kombucha do. The Sweet Chili sauce looks ok but I don't think the other 2 are. And I'd assume the flavor would be less sweet and more sweet-and-sour based on those ingredients lol.  But some vinegar do tend on the sweeter side than others naturally. 

This is about coconut nectar but I imagine it's the same principle: 


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Hi CuriousCat, I'm also in Australia and I came out of lurking to respond to your post. I've done a couple of Whole30s in the last 2 years, and the best coconut aminos I've found are the Banaban brand ones. I buy mine in bulk, usually 5-10 bottles at a time, through this website: https://www.naturalhealthorganics.com.au/banaban-coconut-amino-seasoning-gf-350ml.html


They have two ingredients: fermented coconut sap, and salt. That's it. Far less salt than soy sauce, but they're so very very good. We are a family that eats stir fries 5 nights out of 7, so I would find cooking difficult without a soy sauce replacement!


ETA: I tried the Niulife brand ones and I don't like them because the flavour is more complex than I want from a 'soy sauce'.

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Just had another thought - I try to call or email and check stock levels before I order - last year I ordered, and then it took them 5 weeks to get the stock to me because they were out. This would be a good idea for any online supplier. You can probably get the Banaban ones on Amazon too.

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