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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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10:59AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

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3:27PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

6:17PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thanks. I've been wanting to try miso for it's health benefits.

5:04PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thanks heaps. My sushi shop just down the road sells Miso soup. It is sooooo very good. Hmm, gets up and starts to walk down to the sushi place. I think I'll have Miso soup for lunch. Thank you so very much! :D

11:58AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

i love miso! i was aware of the main kinds but didn't realize there were so many varieties. i found a chickpea miso once and loved it! i agree that miso has health benefits but i hate that it's so high in sodium.

10:29AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Your article is a good miso guide... thanks.

10:35PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

For those with digestive problems such as sour tummy, it's better than Pepto. I give it to my son, since he was old enough to eat food, every time he got sick, and even my hubby... Miso soup with tofu (no grains) is great for your digestion.

8:15AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Oh my.. I'm wrong. MISO is not always safe for this celiac person. that explains a few things. I won't give up on miso, but I will make sure it does not contain wheat, barley or rye.. thank you

8:46PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Mmmmm

6:04PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Thanks!

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