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The Benefits Of Miso Soup


Miso soup is common in Asia, especially Japan. It is becoming more common in the west as well and for good reason.

Miso is made from fermented soybeans. It is made into a thick paste It is usually used as the base for a soup.


What are the benefits?

Miso soup is a source of probiotics. Here are some of the benefits of miso soup:

  • It's low in calories (only 56 per ounce of miso)

  • contains manganese, vitamin K, copper, zinc and other vitamins and minerals.

  • It contains a small amount of complete protein

  • Improves digestion

  • Can improve immunity

  • May reduce risk of lung, colon, stomach and breast cancer

Who should limit consumption of miso soup?

Miso soup contains a lot of salt, so anyone who needs to limit salt should limit the amount of miso soup they consume.


Those with thyroid disorders should be aware the miso contain goitrogens which can interfere with functioning of the thyroid gland. Some goitrogen containing food can be safely consumed with thyroid disorders but you do want to keep your consumption to a moderate amount.


Where can you get miso?

If you have an Asian supermarket nearby this is probably the easiest source. Miso that has a darker colour will have had a longer fermentation and has a stronger and saltier taste.

You can also make your own miso paste with this recipe:


How to make miso paste at home - YouTube


How to use miso

Unopened miso paste should last a long time. Once opened it should be refrigerated. It should be consumed within a year of purchase.


You can use miso as is with hot water for a simple soup. Or you can add additions like green onions, mushrooms, and tofu. Do not add miso directly to boiling water as this will kill the probiotics.

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