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Soy sauce is one of the world's oldest condiments and is made by fermenting soybeans with roasted wheat (and sometimes barley). It is likely that its origins are as a preservative and, as with many preservatives, it is very high in salt. Soy sauce is a brewed product and has a savory flavor that activates the umami taste buds. As such, used sparingly, it is a fantastic flavor enhancer.
It can add a lot of flavor but it can also add a ton of salt - enough that people who are salt sensitive or on restricted sodium diets can get into trouble. Traditional soy sauce has about 1100mg of sodium per tablespoon (give or take a hundred milligrams). That's the equivalent of a half teaspoon of salt.
Fortunately, there are excellent quality lower sodium soy sauces on the market and there is almost no difference in flavor between them and traditional soy sauce. There is, however, half the sodium in low salt versions (only about 550mg per tablespoon).
1 Tbsp. = 10 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.44g sat fat, 0.73g mono fat, 0g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 0mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol