After having some Miso soup at a delicious Japanese restaurant in South Melbourne last weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to go to our local supermarket and by some of our own. I knew it was good for us, but after I did a bit of research, I was even more surprised at how good Miso is for you.
This old Japanese soup (which has also consumed by the Chinese for centuries) has got so many benefits, we could be here all day. Made from soy beans; the reason why this soup is so good for you is because it’s fermented. Research is proving that unfermented soy beans are being linked to immune system break-downs, reproductive issues for men and women and an increased risk of heart disease.
For those of you who eat unfermented soy beans, such as tofu, or if you enjoy your soy milk lattes, you may want to do a bit more research into the risks associated with its consumption. From the research I have done, consuming unfermented soy products is not good. People are led to believe it is a great substitute for dairy and meat, however modern research is proving that consuming unfermented soy beans actually does more harm than good. If you would like to find out a bit more about the harmful affects of soy, I highly recommend you start by reading Dr Chris Kresser's article on 'Soy foods associated with lower reproduction'.
On the bright side, let’s look at all the great benefits of Miso soup, made from fermented soy beans!
1. Minimises the risk of cancer including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.
2. Boosts and strengthens your immune system
3. Helps fight against viral infections, as it is very alkalizing and strengthening to the immune system.
4. Due to its high amounts of anti-oxidants, Miso slows down the aging process
5. Creates a nutritional balance due to its beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Miso provides: protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, tryptophan, choline, dietary fiber, linoleic acid and lecithin.
6. Keeps your skin looking beautiful. Miso contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps your skin stay soft and free of pigments.
7. Helps reduce menopausal symptoms
The above benefits of Miso soup were sourced from Body Ecology.
WHERE TO PURCHASE
Miso soup paste can be bought at your local supermarket. We spent a good 20 minutes scouring the shelf to find the best one that is natural and has no additives, including sugar.
Brand: Hikari Miso, Shinshu Shiro White Miso soup
Cost: Approximately $3.50 and you get about 30 serves
Macronutrients and Calories per serve (12 grams)
Protein: 1.4g Carbs: 2.4g Fat: 0.6g
Total calories: 20.6
For those of you on my meal plans, Miso in a cup is a great added extra, once per day, as it is quite low in calories. Alternatively, you could have it as a meal and add in your allocated amounts of protein, carbs and fat. See recipe below.
COOKING AND PREPARATION
Soup in a cup
1. Boil kettle
2. Pour boiling water into cup first.
3. Wait 2 minutes, then add 12 grams of Miso paste.
4. Stir continuously for a few minutes.
Soup in a bowl
1. Spray fry pan with coconut oil
2. Add in chicken or beef
3. Add in vegetables of your choice
4. Boil kettle or bring water to a boil on the stove.
5. Remove saucepan from heat. Wait 2 minutes.
6. Add in 12 grams of Miso soup paste
7. Add in some chicken, vegetable or beef stock.
8. Add in butter (if you are on my meal plan, you must add this!)
10. Add in the cooked veggies and meat.
Voila! Enjoy the deliciousness and the amazing benefits!