If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant or a Japanese steakhouse, you have probably had an experience with miso soup. Its a salty, mild broth made from bonito stock and miso paste– which is made from fermented soy beans. There can be many things added to the broth, from fresh clams and other seafood to tofu and noodles. In Japan, this is more or less the national super food! Here are some good reasons to incorporate miso into your every day diet.
Digestion and Intestinal Health
As it is a fermented food, miso contains a slew of enzymes– many of which help in the aid of digestion and absorption of food and their benefits in the intestines. Miso is a fantastic addition to the diet of anyone who has digestive problems. Strains of the good fungus, Aspergillus oryzae are the most widely used strain during the fermentation process, and they help the body to break down daidzein and genistein. This gives your intestines a little less work to do so that they can focus on breaking down other things, thus improving overall digestive health.
Fantastic Source of Protein
High protein diets have been known to encourage weight loss and muscle gain, as well as increase your overall energy. In Japan, most people start off the day with a bowl of miso soup rather than our more sugar heavy breakfasts in the west. This undoubtedly gives a great boost of energy for the start of the day! Miso paste contains all essential amino acids, which means that it is a complete protein. For anyone looking to increase their protein intake, adding miso to their diets is almost a must.
It May Be High in Sodium But…
One teaspoon of miso contains 200-300 milligrams of sodium, but recent studies have shown that the sodium contained in miso does not seem to affect the cardiovascular system in the same way as table salt and other high sodium foods. Why the body reacts differently to table salt and the sodium contained in miso and soy sauce is still a mystery. It is speculated that miso may have a unique soy protein that has something to do with it.
More about Miso:
- Packed with Antioxidants, which protect against cancer-causing free radicals.
- Reduces risks for several kinds of cancer.
- Supports healthy probiotics in intestines
- Supports immune health.
- Can even protect against and cleanse harmful radiation