The latest research from global market intelligence agency Mintel suggests the free-from market is forecast to grow by 13% (from £470 million in 2015 to £531 million in 2016). This figure could reach £673 million by 2020 as a rise in product innovation is also contributing to this market growth. A third of consumers in the UK have either bought or eaten free-from products in the last six months as a result of the growing availability of these products in mainstream retail channels.
Coconut experts Cocofina are staying one step ahead with the launch of a new Coconut Amino. This soy sauce alternative only contains the highest quality ingredients: coconut vinegar, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, salt, garlic and onion and is 100% certified organic by the UK Soil Association.
As a soy free condiment, coconut amino is perfectly suitable for those that have a gluten intolerance. In some farming practices soy beans are commonly grown in rotation with wheat crops and are subjected to gluten cross-contamination, so there is always a risk. Similarly, 80% of soy beans produced in the world are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and this climbs to 93% in the US (1). Cocofina coconut amino is also vegetarian and vegan friendly.
The amino composition includes coconut nectar and sugar, both of which have a lower GI (Glycemic Index) than other sweeteners (35 compared to 68 for regular sugar).High GI sweeteners are quickly absorbed by the body and trigger a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, whereas those with a lower GI are absorbed more slowly and result in a steady rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.
Coconut amino contains 75% less sodium than traditional soy sauces. Eating high-in-sodium food reduces the ability of our kidneys to remove water and results in higher blood pressure. Consequently, substituting soy sauce for coconut amino in your daily diet has clear benefits, compliments a healthy lifestyle and still brings real flavour to your recipes.
Available from Wholefoods, As Nature Intended, Revital and from www.cocofina.com
(1) USDA survey data for 2015.