Connect with us

Why Miso Is Incredibly Healthy

Health&Fitness

Why Miso Is Incredibly Healthy

Miso is a fermented condiment especially popular in parts of Asia, though it has also made its way to the Western world.

Although miso is still unknown to many, individuals who are familiar with it have most likely consumed it in the form of Japanese miso soup.

It’s incredibly nutritious and linked to a variety of health benefits, including better digestion and a stronger immune system.

What Is Miso?

This traditional Japanese condiment consists of a thick paste made from soybeans that have been fermented with salt and a koji starter.

The starter usually contains the Aspergillus oryzae fungus.

Miso paste can be used to make sauces, spreads and soup stock, or to pickle vegetables and meat.

People generally describe its flavor as a combination of salty and umami (savory), and its color can vary between white, yellow, red or brown, depending on variety.

Although miso is traditionally made from soybeans, certain varieties use other types of beans or peas.

Other ingredients may also be used to make it, including rice, barley, rye, buckwheat and hemp seeds, all of which affect the color and flavor of the final product.

Summary: Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans often mixed with other ingredients. It’s a versatile condiment available in many varieties.

It’s Rich in Several Nutrients

Miso contains a good amount of vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. One ounce (28 grams) generally provides you with:

  • Calories: 56
  • Carbs: 7 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Sodium: 43% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 12% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 10% of the RDI
  • Copper: 6% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 5% of the RDI

It also contains smaller amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and phosphorus, and is a source of choline.

Interestingly, the varieties made from soybeans are considered to be sources of complete protein because they contain all the essential amino acids needed for human health.

Moreover, the fermentation process used to produce miso makes it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients it contains.

The fermentation process also promotes the growth of probiotics, beneficial bacteria that provide a wide array of health benefits. A. oryzae is the main probiotic strain found in miso.

That said, miso is also very salty. Thus, if you’re watching your salt intake, you may want to ask your health care practitioner before adding large quantities to your diet.

Summary: Miso is a complete source of protein and rich in a variety of nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. However, it is also high in salt.

Miso Improves Your Digestion

Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria.

Some are beneficial, while others are harmful. Having the right type of bacteria in your gut helps you maintain a healthy gut flora.

Having a healthy gut flora is very important because it helps defend your body against toxins and harmful bacteria. It also improves digestion and reduces gas, constipation and antibiotic-related diarrhea or bloating.

A. oryzae is the main probiotic strain found in miso. Research shows that the probiotics in this condiment may help reduce symptoms linked to digestive problems including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

In addition, the fermentation process also helps improve digestion by reducing the amount of antinutrients miso contains.

Antinutrients are compounds naturally found in foods, including in the soybeans and grains used to produce miso. If you consume antinutrients, they can bind to nutrients in your gut, reducing your body’s ability to absorb them.

Fermentation reduces antinutrient levels in miso and other fermented products, which helps improve digestion.

Summary: Miso fermentation helps improve the body’s ability to digest and absorb foods. The condiment also contains probiotics that can promote gut health and digestion.

May Reduce the Risk of Certain Cancers

Miso may offer protection from certain types of cancer.

The first may be stomach cancer. Observational studies have repeatedly found a link between high-salt diets and stomach cancer.

However, despite its high salt content, miso doesn’t appear to increase the risk of stomach cancer the way other high-salt foods do.

For instance, one study compared miso to salt-containing foods such as salted fish, processed meats and pickled foods.

The fish, meat and pickled foods were linked to a 24–27% higher risk of stomach cancer, whereas miso wasn’t linked to any increased risk.

Experts believe this may be due to beneficial compounds found in soy, which potentially counter the cancer-promoting effects of salt.

Animal studies also report that eating miso may reduce the risk of lung, colon, stomach and breast cancers. This seems especially true for varieties that are fermented for 180 days or longer.

Miso fermentation can last anywhere from a few weeks to as long as three years. Generally speaking, longer fermentation times produce darker, stronger-tasting miso.

In humans, studies report that regular miso consumption may reduce the risk of liver and breast cancer by 50–54%. The breast-cancer protection appears especially beneficial for postmenopausal women.

This condiment is also rich in antioxidants, which may help guard your body’s cells against damage from free radicals, a type of cell damage linked to cancer.

Nevertheless, more studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.

Summary: Regular miso consumption may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. However, more research is needed.

It May Strengthen Your Immune System

Miso contains nutrients that may help your immune system function optimally.

For instance, the probiotics in miso may help strengthen your gut flora, in turn boosting immunity and reducing the growth of harmful bacteria.

Moreover, a probiotic-rich diet may help reduce your risk of being sick and help you recover faster from infections, such as the common cold.

In addition, regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods like miso may reduce the need for infection-fighting antibiotics by up to 33%.

That said, different probiotic strains can have different effects on your health. More studies are needed using miso-specific strains before strong conclusions can be made.

Summary: Miso’s rich probiotic content may boost your immune system and help ward off infections. That said, more studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.

Read more at: https://authoritynutrition.com/why-miso-is-healthy/

 

Continue Reading

More in Health&Fitness

Join our Newsletter


Events

october, 2019

31mar(mar 31)00:0030nov(nov 30)23:59The ‘Formula One Race’ Starts at Hooters Exciting F1 Games

01sepalldayTerre Et Mer at Caprice Restaurant Royal Cliff PattayaBeef. Lamb. Monkfish. Or a fancy plate of Bouillabaisse, We are serving them all at Caprice – A Taste Of Riviera.

01sep08:4631dec(dec 31)08:46Premium Cuts at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar Royal Cliff PattayaEnjoy our butcher’s premium selections at Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar – Excellence & Heritage!

01sep08:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Exotic BBQ Skewers at Breezeo Royal Cliff PattayaTry our new Exotic BBQ Skewers and enjoy our chef’s special menus that are grilled to thrill!

01sep09:0731dec(dec 31)09:07Special Prime Beef Teppanyaki at Chamu Royal Cliff PattayaShowcasing one of the most popular dishes in Japan, try our new Teppanyaki promotion and let us bring Japan to you at Chamu – Japanese Corner.

01sep09:2031dec(dec 31)23:20Silk Road to Huang Chao at Huang Chao Royal Cliff PattayaDiscover Marco Polo’s favorite noodle dishes at Huang Chao – Royal Cantonese Cuisine

01sep09:5631dec(dec 31)23:56Flavours of Siam at Larn Thong Royal Cliff PattayaWe are serving world class cuisine from the 4 regions of Thailand at Larn Thong – Authentic Thai Traditions. This is your opportunity to explore the famous dishes from each region without ever leaving Pattaya!

01sep10:0631dec(dec 31)23:06Gold Medal Cocktails at The Bars of the Royal Cliff PattayaLife is good, especially on the weekend. Drop by and enjoy breath-taking views while you sip and savour our new refreshing cocktails.

01sep10:1931dec(dec 31)23:19World of Cupcakes at Café Royal Royal Cliff Beach HotelEnjoy the most adorable selection of cupcakes at our Café Royal located at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel!

02sep(sep 2)11:4427oct(oct 27)23:44“Infused with Love” Menu at Hard Rock Cafe PattayaThe Popular Booze-Infused Menu Makes its Encore Performance at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya

24oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

25oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

26octalldayD.I.B Halloween Party – Horror Night at D.I.B Sky Bar PattayaDIB SKY BAR is thrilled to announce that our biggest and scariest annual Halloween party on the highest rooftop in Jomtien Beach will be commencing on, Saturday 26th October.

26octalldayDisco Night at Scooters Bar LK MetroLets get back to the 70’s 80′ and 90’s

26oct(oct 26)07:5127(oct 27)23:51Foam Party at Ramayana Water ParkLet’s party! Join the Ramayana Foam Party every weekend on Saturday and Sunday! Fun for kids and grown-ups of all ages.

26oct18:3022:30Saturday Seafood Bonanza, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaSeafood lovers will enjoy the wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley. The buffet line also features shrimp on ice, freshly rolled sushi, Thai noodles, Italian pasta, pizza, local Thai dishes, mouthwatering dessert corner and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years.

26oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

26oct(oct 26)22:0027(oct 27)00:00PIPPA Spooky Halloween Party at PIPPA RestaurantOn Saturday October 26th, PIPPA invites all the goblins, vampires, zombies, and any other sexy professionals to come out and play on the most scandalous and spooky day of the year.

27oct08:0012:00Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival & Competition 2019 at Siam Bayshore Resort, Pattaya10 Years Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival 2009 – 2019

27oct13:0017:00Adoption Day at Hope for Strays FoundationCome along to our adoption day for a fun day with doggies, at the shelter itself, and prepare to have your heart sold.

27oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

28oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

29octalldayPattaya International Fireworks Festival at Mera Mare PattayaEnjoy drinks & music on the 8th floor rooftop bar & restaurant at Mera Mare with one of the best Fireworks View on Pattaya Beach.

29oct(oct 29)18:0030nov(nov 30)23:00Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2019Back again with the International Firework Festival Marvel at the spectacular fireworks display.

29oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

30oct07:0021:00Pattaya Amateur Golf Series at Khao Kheow Golf CourseThis month we go to the popular Khao Kheow Golf Course. 1600 baht walking, 1900 baht with a cart

30oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

31octalldayHalloween Party at Hard Rock Cafe PattayaCOME PLAY WITH ME EAT, DRINK & BE SCARY

31octalldayHalloween Party On the beach at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort PattayaJoin us for a frightful evening to witness the scariest Halloween costume contest, live deadly entertainment shows, live spooky DJ & a little monster’s disco.

31oct19:0023:00499 Baht Buffet Dinner at Thai Garden ResortOnly for 499.- net per adult.

Trending

Sponsor

To Top
X