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Discover the magical benefits of miso in your diet

Discover the magical benefits of miso in your diet

If you have eaten at a Japanese restaurant before then you have most likely slurped on a bowl of miso soup. The salty and earthy flavours of the broth are a result of the key ingredient, miso. Miso is a fermented Japanese soya food made from salt, koji fermentation culture and different grains like rice and barley.

It's a staple ingredient in many Asian diets, and most of the Japanese population start their day with a bowl of warm miso soup. Miso is claimed to have many health benefits due to the fermentation process, which produces an enzyme-rich food.

Here are some of the many health benefits of this low-calorie food and how it can be used in your cooking:

  • Miso contains all 9 essential amino acids, which are important for your diet as our cells can't make them naturally. Without these amino acids in our diet we could be at risk of a protein deficiency.
  • It stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach that aid in maintaining good digestive health.
  • It's a great quality source of B vitamins, especially B12. B12 plays an important part in keeping the body's nerves and red blood cells healthy.
  • The binding agent in miso, zybicolin, is effective in detoxifying and eliminating elements that enter the body through radiation, pollution and artificial chemicals found in the soil and in our food.  
  • Miso can strengthen the immune system and help lower LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is considered the 'bad' cholesterol as it can contribute to plaque build-up within the arteries, which can lead to a greater chance of having a heart attack.  

So with all these wonderful benefits, here are a few of our favourite ways to start adding miso into your life.

  • A classic warm miso soup
  • Mix light miso paste with vinegar, olive oil and herbs for a salad dressing
  • Use light coloured miso as a dairy substitute to replace milk or butter in creamed soups
  • Create a miso marinade for salmon or chicken
  • Add miso to sautéed onions for extra seasoning
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