Archives for: October 2002, 19
I am a type O (I suspect a secretor, but have not had it tested). I am a bit confused over the status of Soy Sauce. I have checked the labels on several different brands of soy sauce and all of them (so far) contain wheat as an ingredient. Since wheat is an avoid for type O's, I wonder why it is OK in soy sauce??? Thanks for any light you can shed on this.
You're right. Soy sauce that lists wheat as an ingredient is not recommended for type Os. There are many food items in the various blood-type diet books which are products rather than whole foods. These items are present in so many kitchens that it made sense to offer readers the convenience of a rating for them. In every case, it's prudent to read labels when confronted with a product rather than a single, unprocessed food.
The good news is that there are several brands of wheat-free soy sauce. The thing to look for, actually, is either wheat-free organic tamari (San-J makes a widely-available product -- look for the gold label with the red globe) or a product put out by Bragg, called Bragg Liquid Aminos, a non-fermented soybean sauce containing only non-GMO soy extract and water.
Visit your local organic grocer, express your concerns and see if they have suggestions, too. Most well-stocked HFSs have favorite brands of soy and tamari sauce, and perhaps can introduce you to others beyond the ones I mentioned. Ask them to order one of the above if they do not currently carry an acceptable product. That way, you can get what you need and educate at the same time! :-)