Miso Soup is one of my favourite winter warmers. Not only is this traditional Japanese fermented dish extremely super simple to make; it has a whole lot of nutritional benefits being full of essential minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, B vitamins, Fibre and essential bacteria. Miso is made from fermented soybeans. Whilst I don’t condone a diet heavy in soy products because unfermented soy can lead to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, reproductive problems for both men and women as well as allergy spikes; Fermented Soy such as Miso can be extremely beneficial to maintaining a healthy diet.
Like other fermented foods, Miso increases the concentrations of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. These probiotic organisms don’t just aid in digestion, they also play an important role in maintaining and strengthening the immune system. You know those expensive jars of probiotics you buy? – Miso has the same benefits as consuming those little pills. The difference? Miso is a natural whole food and costs a whole lot less!
As well as supporting great digestion, Miso also cleanses and detoxifies – helping to eliminate pollutants from the bloodstream and it can help lower the risk of cancer.
Next time you’re feeling under the weather and your mum isn’t around to make you a batch of her homemade chicken soup; try this super simple Miso recipe to warm your insides and help restore your vitality.
MISO BENEFITS IN A NUTSHELL
Reduces risks of cancer including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.
Protection from radiation
Antiviral – Miso is very alkalizing and strengthening to the immune system helping to combat a viral infection.
Prevents aging – high in antioxidants, Miso protects from free radicals that cause signs of aging.
Helps maintain nutritional balance – full of nutrients, beneficial bacteria and enzymes, Miso provides protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, tryptophan, choline,
dietary fiber, linoleic acid and lecithin.
Helps preserve beautiful skin – Miso contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps your skin stay soft and free of pigments.
Helps reduce menopausal complaints – the isoflavones in Miso have been shown to reduce hot flashes.
3 tbs white Miso Paste
2 cups water
Wakame Seaweed cut into strips (nori sheets)
1 spring onion
dash of Tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
1 cup diced Tofu. (Hard or silken)
Bring 2 cups of water to the boil and mix in the miso paste until well dissolved.
bring to a simmer and add tofu, seaweed and diced shallots.
Turn off heat and re-heat when ready to serve.