Soy Sauce: Does Your Soy Sauce Contain Alcohol?

soy sauceAs is true of many foods soy sauce is not good for those who suffer with chronic pancreatitis.

Why not you ask?

Soy sauce is made by fermenting wheat or another grain such as rice. Grain alcohol, ethanol, is made from fermented grains.

There are different types of this sauce and it seems like asian countries have their own formulas.

I didn’t know how soy sauces were made or that the sauces contained alcohol!

I found out from a lady who suffers from CP and couldn’t figure out what was making her sick. She had healed up nicely via diet and supplements and then became ill again. She discovered that soy sauce contains alcohol! However …

Soy Sauce Contains Alcohol

For some reason “alcohol” may NOT be mentioned on the bottle labels. It seems that ALL soy sauce is made with grain, usually wheat. Gluten free soy sauce is made with rice. Rice is a grain. Rice is used to make Saki which is full of alcohol.

Most of you who have read my blogs know that alcohol is a real “no-no” when you have pancreatitis.

Alcohol and fat are the two big enemies that cause problems for a damaged and or inflamed pancreas.

Unfortunately you may have to eliminate soy sauce from your diet unless you find an “alcohol free” version. You may also want to research other similar asian type sauces before you find yourself becoming ill for no apparent reason.


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  1. Not sure why the worry with soy sauce and alcohol. Doesn’t the alcohol contained in the soy sauce “cook off” when used in cooking? Or any alcohol for that matter, such as wine used as flavoring in a sauce?

    1. Hi Kim – Yep “supposedly” alcohol burns off during cooking. Considering that even mild acute pancreatitis can be horribly painful, that often information is wrong (for example “rum cake” is notoriously full of alcohol with people even getting buzzed) and that one severe acute attack with complications can kill you (10 – 30% death rate), feel free to use it. It is probably perfectly safe 🙂

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