Miso is a fermented food from Japan gaining popularity throughout the world. It is showing up on many gourmet restaurant menus as an ingredient in sauces, salad dressings etc. You will also find Miso products in health food sections of most grocery stores.
Miso has a rich and complex flavour adding great depth to any meal. It is highly nutritious and has amazing health promoting properties.
There are many different kinds of miso but the most common one is made from fermented soybeans. You will also find miso made from chickpeas, brown rice etc. Miso has a salty taste to it and has the texture of a thick paste until blended into a soup, dressing or sauce.
Miso is very rich in valuable nutrients due to the fermentation process to make it. It also contains lactobacilli which helps your body absorb nutrients from foods. Miso contains B2, Vitamim E, Vitamin K, iron, calcium, choline, potassium and lecithin. It is very high in fiber and adds a great amount of complete protein to your diet.
Miso is high in probiotics which help your digestive tract. It adds beneficial bacteria which aids in digestion and helps to strengthen your immune system. The fact that it has linoleic acid helps give skin a youthful glow and helps keep your cholesterol in check.
The antioxidants in Miso help to eliminate free radicals from your body. These free radicals have been associated with many diseases. The antioxidants in Miso have been shown in lab studies to inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Japanese people consume Miso on a daily basis, mostly drank in a hot soup.
Adding Miso to your daily diet is quite simple. Just stir in a tablespoon of Miso paste to your favorite recipe at the end of cooking to preserve the probiotic nature. Drinking a cup of Miso soup on a daily basis is highly recommended to help your body reduce the risk of many different cancers and other diseases.
QUICK AND EASY MISO SOUP:
5 cups of good water
2 tablespoons of Nama Shoyu, or good quality soy sauce
6 Cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped scallions
3 tablespoons white miso paste
4 ounces extra-firm tofu diced small
Bring water and Nama Shoyu or soy sauce to a boil. Add mushrooms and scallions and reduce heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the Miso paste to the pot and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the tofu. Taste the broth and adjust seasoning as needed.
As you can see it is so easy to make and a cup of daily Miso soup which will do wonders for your health.
I like to add Miso paste to sauces and gravies just before serving.
Tastes great and is so good for you. Give it a try.