You Are What You … or The Disaster of Partial Truth

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We recently bought a bottle of Bragg’s Organic Coconut Liquid Aminos. It’s listed ingredients include organic coconut blossom nectar, distilled water, organic apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. Some nutrition writers report that coconut blossom nectar is said to have a low glycemic index, compared to regular sugar. As usual, there is some disagreement among writers about this. 

Of course, Bragg’s Coconut Liquid Aminos also give you amino acids. Amino acids combine to form proteins, and proteins play an essential role in most biological processes. In other words, they keep you alive. However, the total protein count for a serving of Bragg’s Coconut Aminos is 0. So don’t count on it to add to your muscle mass.

Nevertheless, there are two things we love about these liquid aminos. The first is that they make any vegetable or grain taste delicious. When added to a soup made from various combinations of vegetables, the soup goes from okay to fantastic. It’s one of the best ways to eat your vegetables. 

The label suggests various foods to season with their coconut liquid aminos:

  • Salads and Dressings
  • Soups
  • Veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Casseroles
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Rice and beans
  • Wok & stir-frys
  • Macrobiotics
  • Meats
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Even Popcorn
  • Also makes a delicious broth

Below this list, they include the Bragg Health Motto: 

You are what you Eat, Drink, Breathe, Think, Say, and Do! 

This is what we love most about Bragg’s Organic Coconut Liquid Aminos. 

When promoting a particular product, most companies focus only on what serves their campaign. Most people, including politicians, store staff, professionals, friends, families, and neighbors also tend to only include whatever serves their particular point of view. 

Examples: 

  • Dietitians tell us, You are what you eat.
  • Cognitive psychologists say, You are what you think and believe.
  • Strict behaviorists say, Your are what you do.
  • Some motivational speakers and parents say, You become who you associate with.
  • Other motivational speakers say, You are who you think you are.
  • An inspirational speaker says, You become who you dream you are.
  • Yet another motivational speaker might say, You are what you settle for.
  • Overly controlling parents might say, You are who I say you are.
  • A music promoter or preacher might say, You are what or who you listen to.
  • A librarian might say, You are what you read.
  • People who say, It is what it is, might also say, You are who you are.
  • Lovers say, The moonlight becomes you.

As exemplified by the above, much of what we have been taught (through formal education, reading, and talking with others) contains partial truths. Partial truth isn’t bad, and it can be quite practical. You can’t cover everything in one textbook or lecture. We humans are often most effective when taking things apart and analyzing individual components or factors.

The problem is that many people who embrace a perfectly good partial truth, promote it as the full and only truth. Partial truths presented this way can have disastrous results.

But Bragg is not afraid to go beyond their niche, to be more inclusive of reality. One might argue they have left out some important factors that contribute to who we are. For instance, most would agree that our DNA is a huge factor in who we are. It’s one of the main things that distinguish us from turtles. 

However, instead of dwelling on other elements they might have included, We’d again like to commend them for their attempt to include more than what serves their product and financial bottom line.  

We will be exploring the dangers of partial truth presented as complete and absolute truth in future posts. Until then, try Bragg’s Organic Coconut Liquid Aminos and eat a lot of vegetables.*

*Disclosure: We do not have an affiliate association with Bragg. Maybe we should.