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