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The Magic of Miso

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Cool Facts About Miso and Its Health Benefits:

-With as little as 11 calories per gram of protein, itís a great source of healthy protein.
-A low fat, high flavor addition to dishes; the strong flavor of miso means a little goes a long way, allowing you to cut down on calories and salt.
-It keeps your systems in balance by alkalizing the body (the body needs to be in an alkaline state, as opposed to an acidic state, to maintain wellness. Acidity is created in the body as a reaction to substances such as animal protein, coffee and sugar.)
-An excellent source of B vitamins, which may include B12 (There are conflicting reports on whether miso is a viable source of B12. This disagreement may be due to the variation of fermentation time and where and how the products being tested were produced.)
-Aids digestion and nutrient intake (This is possibly due to the digestive enzymes, lactobacilli, salt-resistant yeasts and beneficial micro-organisms present in miso) These benefits can be lost if cooked away, so avoid boiling or overcooking miso.
-A good source of manganese, tryptophan, zinc, phosphorus, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, lecithin, and linoleic acid.

A number of studies also claim that miso:

- Strengthens your immune system

- Protects against radiation

- Reduces the risks of cancer including, but not limited to, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer

- Helps keep the skin soft and youthful (due to its linoleic acid content.)

- Slows aging due to its high antioxidant content.

- Helps reduce the signs of menopause. (This is linked to the isoflavones in miso which has been shown to reduce hot flashes.)

- Supports overall body functions and capacity to rebuild and maintain blood vessels and bones.

 

Next: Choosing and storing your miso and uses for miso

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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5:04AM PST on Feb 4, 2015

love the miso I have had before but am wanting to try the different varieties :)

5:14AM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Thank you

3:34AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Hm! Sounds like an interesting ingredient. Will have to learn more and try it. Thank you for the information it was very useful.

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4:48AM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

interesting thanks

4:01PM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

I don't like plain miso foods, but adding it to something else can make it very tasty indeed, unless it includes MSG and other fillers, which tend to give me royal headache.

8:10AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

Thanks for the article.

4:54AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Thank you :)

4:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I really like that idea of using it to replace your morning coffee or tea. I can remember my mother drinking Bovril in the evening because the caffeine in coffee bothered her. This will be the new Bovril!

1:58PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:42PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I love Miso but even 2 teaspoons a day gives me high blood pressure. It's such a bummer!

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