Why Eating Miso Soup is Good for You
Meet chicken soup’s Asian cousin: Miso Soup!
She’s trendy, She’s mouthwateringly delicious, She’s vegan (sometimes) AND she’s brimming with healthy nutrition!
Miso soup is a Japanese delicacy that is contains a fermented blend of soybeans and rice. This blend is remarkably versatile and can be used in combination with almost any ingredient resulting in an assortment of flavors that delight the palate with every spoonful. Be it tofu, tuna, kelp, mushrooms or potatoes, carrots and onions—every time you make yourself a bowl of miso, you can feel free to play around with all sorts of Eastern and Western flavors and rest assured that the results will be scrumptious every.single.time!
But the benefits of Miso soup aren’t all about the flavors. Rich in antioxidants, minerals and Vitamin E and B12, this is practically a magic potion to prevent aging! The linoleic acid and antioxidants help to keep the skin soft and prevent pigmentation. And it gets even better: antioxidants make the skin firmer and less prone to wrinkles.
Also, miso soup is not only low in calories, but it actually helps in decreasing weight! If cooked with seaweed, the chemical fucoxanthin is released with increases metabolism and burning up fat reserves. The probiotics and high fiber content in the soup aid digestion and energize the body. Adding a daily bowl of miso soup to your diet will lead to a slimmer, sexier you in no time at all!
If you think Miso soup is merely a beauty-aid, think again! The high mineral content in miso boosts the strength of the immune system. Added benefits include lowering high blood pressures and cholesterol levels and acting as an antiviral to prevent infections— yet another reason to stock up on Miso soup during the flu season. In addition to this, recent research from Johns Hopkins University reveals that miso soup can also be used to ameliorate chronic pains, especially those associated with aging.
Recent studies from Japan and the United States show that a daily bowl of miso soup significantly reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Miso soup is incredibly rich in isoflavones, which are chemicals that help regulate levels of estrogen hormones, and thus reduce their chances of causing cancerous tumors. And the anti-cancer properties of miso aren’t just limited to women only—both men and women can equally benefit from reduced risk of lung and colon cancer!
A word to the wise, however — as tantalizingly delicious and healthy as miso soup is, overindulgence isn’t necessarily a good thing. This soup generally contains high levels of sodium, which is why more than one bowl of miso in a day may counteract the benefits. But not to worry, you always have the option of going low-sodium miso. Once you incorporate some yummy miso soup in your diet, you’ll soon forget your life long loyalties to the old chicken soup…
About the Author
Andrew is a huge fan of Japanese food and is a regular blogger on various food publications. When he is not writing, Andrew distributes nigiri makers and other Japanese cooking equipment.