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Health Benefits of Miso Soup

Health Benefits of Miso Soup
Japanese food is renowned for being particularly healthy, and Japanese women have the longest life expectancy in the world at 87 years. Considering that Miso Soup is one of the staples of the Japanese diet, it is little wonder that is considered one of the healthiest meals in the world. 

What is Miso Soup?
Miso soup is made from a fermented, enzyme-rich paste containing soybeans, sea salt and koji. The paste is simply mixed with boiling water to create a soup base and other ingredients such as tofu and vegetables may be added to create a more substantial meal. Many Japanese people drin

What are the health benefits of Miso Soup?
High Nutrient Content: Miso is a great source of a range of nutrients including manganese, copper, zinc and mineral phosphorus as well as protein and dietary fibre. The fermentation process involved in making miso means that it is also very high in antioxidants which help to protect the body against free radicals.

Digestive Benefits: The micro-organisms present in miso as a result of the fermentation process help to break down the proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the soybeans, making them easier to digest. Additionally, miso often contains good bacteria and probiotics which support a healthy digestive system. Drinking miso also stimulates secretion of digestive fluids into the stomach, making it a great way to start a meal.

Cardiovascular Benefits:  One large scale study found that eating miso soup greatly decreased the risk of suffering one type of stroke. This is a particularly striking finding considering that miso is classified as a high sodium food, which would usually be expected to increase the risk of stroke. 

Cancer Protection:  Soy miso contains isoflavone genistein which has been associated with a decreased risk of a range of cancers including prostate, breast, lung and colon cancers.

How to Eat Miso Soup
Soup: Enjoy a simple miso soup as an appetiser or side dish, or add noodles, tofu and vegetables for a healthy meal.

Salad Dressing: Mix miso paste with some olive oil, ginger and garlic to make a flavoursome Asian salad dressing.

Marinade: Mix miso paste with some sake, sugar and garlic to create a marinade for meat. 

Where to Buy Miso?
Asian Home Gourmet has a delicious Miso Soup spice paste so you can enjoy the benefits of miso in the comfort of your home. 

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