Question about coconut aminos.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I want to try fasted training, but being Celiac, it is hard to find gluten free BCAAs. Someone suggested coconut aminos instead, but I didn't think that was the same thing at all. This may be a stupid question, but could that work? Or would I need to drink a whole bottle...



on August 22, 2012
at 03:48 AM

Ordered some NOW Brand, but it will take a few weeks to come in apparently.



on August 22, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I use Vitamin World brand BCAAs, they are gluten free. vitaminworld.com or they have a store in my local mall. 40% coupons often available in Sunday newspaper coupon inserts.



on August 22, 2012
at 12:16 AM

NOW Foods Branched Chain Amino Acids are Gluten Free.

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:00 AM

There are three main amino acids in BCAAs: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. These amino acids can be found in skeletal muscle.

Coconut aminos are very high in amino acids as well, but it contains 17 mostly non-essential amino acids and will be metabolized in the liver. So you'd probably want to take amino acids that do exactly what you want; in this case, you'd want the BCAAs which will metabolize in your muscles and maintain lean body mass when you're fasting. People take 5-20 grams of BCAAs to even reap the benefits so I don't know how many bottles of coconut aminos you would have to drink. Just for reference, the amount of leucine and isoleucine is <0.5 grams per 100 g and valine is around 2.0 grams per 100 g coconut sap.

To make a long story short: it would probably be easier (and less disgusting) to take the BCAAs. I'd recommend the NOW Foods brand. And I think if you drank the coconut aminos, you wouldn't really be training "fasted" anymore.

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