[Global] Eat at a Japanese restaurant and you are likely to get a bowl of miso soup with your meal.
This hot soup is paired up with a Japanese soup stock called dashi, which is used as a base for miso soup in which fermented bean paste is dissolve with bits of tofu, chopped scallion and sometimes seaweed or kelp. Although miso soup is a low-calorie food, it is high in sodium. So, keep your portions small.
Miso is made up of soybeans and koji, a culture starter made from beneficial molds, yeast and lactic acid bacteria. Since there are two types of miso, make sure you choose the unpasteurised one.
Including miso soup in your diet may help you lose weight. The use of seaweed or kelp in miso soup can cause a 5 to 10 per cent weight loss, thanks to a compound called fucoxanthin found in seaweed.
Miso is often mixed with rice, barley or other grains. The mixture is allowed to ferment for 3 months to 3 years, which produces an enzyme-rich food.
The binding agent, zybicolin in miso, is effective in detoxifying and eliminating elements that are taken into the body through industrial pollution, radioactivity and artificial chemicals in the soil and food.
People in Japan begin their day with a warm bowl of miso soup, which is believed to stimulate digestion and energize the body.
There are many types of miso, some made with just soy beans and soy koji (a fermented paste) and others made with barley and rice. But no matter which type you choose, this fermented superfood has many health benefits.
Miso soup is full of veggies and other healthy items, and is a good source of vitamin B, with miso providing an excellent source of vitamin B12 in particular.
Miso also contains high amounts of antioxidants, which boost the immune system and protect against free radicals, which are responsible for early ageing.
It stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach, thus aiding in digestion.
Miso reduces the risk of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
It strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid and lowers the amount of bad cholesterol in the body.
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