Whether it’s Schezwan fried rice or chilli paneer, soy sauce is an indispensable condiment that loads of flavour and umami taste to Indo-Chinese dishes. Whether it’s street food or home-made hakka noodles, soy sauce elevates the taste profile of every dish it is added to. Since our tastebuds have become so accustomed to the umami flavour and richness of soy sauce, giving it up while trying to lose weight might pose a challenge. That being said, when you are trying to shed extra pounds, you would like to leave no tables unturned. But before that, the question arises – is soy sauce really bad for weight loss? Let’s delve into the answer:
So, soy sauce is made mainly through the fermentation of soybeans and wheat. But these are not just the two ingredients in commercially-available sauces – a good amount of sugar, salt, added color, and preservatives also are added. Though not exactly high in calories, soy sauce pose a different problem – they tend to contain a really amount of salt, anywhere from 500 to 800 mg of sodium in just 1 tbsp of the sauce! This high amount of sodium is detrimental to health – regular consumption may cause hypertension. Additionally, with so much salt, water retention and bloating are common outcomes, and the numbers on the scale can go up although albeit temporarily. The water retention caused by the high sodium content in soy sauce can cause swelling on your face and body. Also read: “5 Reasons Why Home-Cooked Food Can Help You Lose Weight.”
Summing up, soy sauce cannot be made a staple in your diet. Use it sparingly, and if you’re working on losing weight, try to have less of it. So, to be clear, soy sauce isn’t the best for weight loss, so it’s a good idea to limit how much you use. Also, if weight loss is on your mind right now, download the Rati Beauty app to access all our diet plans.