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Health Benefits of Miso

Learn to Love: Miso

Starting off a sushi dinner with a steamy bowl of miso soup is a ritual I can't seem to break. The soft tofu and seaweed flavored with yummy miso makes for a comforting starter, and I'm benefiting my health to boot. While the soup is a standard on Japanese menus, there are plenty more uses for miso and a list of reasons to pick some up at the store.

Miso's high sodium content makes it an ideal salt substitute in meals. The flavor enhancer is made by fermenting soybeans with a B12-synthesizing bacteria, making it a good source of the vitamin, and one tablespoon of miso provides two grams of protein and has just 25 calories. The zinc and copper found in miso support the immune system and energy production.

You can find miso paste at many supermarkets, so pick some up and start including it in your recipes. Try using it to flavor soups, salad dressings, sauces, stir-fries, and marinades. Have you experimented with miso in your cooking?


fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
I love Japanese food in general, but miso is just way too salty for my taste.
anon321 anon321 8 years
yum :drool:
trueplastic trueplastic 8 years
Miso soup is amazing it is so clean tasting yuuuuum man I wish I didnt look at this thread, I will be craving all day
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've eaten miso soup before. I like it, but I don't crave it or anything. I guess it's OK if you like Japanese food, but I don't eat it regularly.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I love miso soup!
phinn phinn 8 years
I seriously adore miso soup, and could never figure out why, when I made it at home, it just didn't taste the same as at Japanese restaurants. There was just something missing, it tasted flat and comparatively strange. Then I read about dashi soup stock, which adds a fuller flavour. It's the base of many Japanese dishes. It's a bonito fish and kombu seaweed stock, you can get it in powder form at Japanese markets, and vegetarian versions of it without the fish as well, using different seaweeds and shiitake mushrooms. I strongly recommend using it if you're making miso soup at home!
mek123 mek123 8 years
Miso soup is also known as Japanese chicken soup, great when you are feeling under the weather!! Miso is good as a dipping sauce.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
mydiadem, I think it's just a substitute, rather than a healthy alternative.
silexelis silexelis 8 years
My only issue with miso (and most Asian packaged products) is the MSG. I try to keep myself from buying such foods but it's in all of my yummy Asian foods ^^.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
Miso soup is one of those things I've tried to like, but no go. It tastes bacon-y to me.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Miso soup!!!!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Never had miso soup. I'll have to try it.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 8 years
yummy love that soup before a delicious vegas roll!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Is miso a healthier alternative to salt or just generally a subsitute?
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
Yum. I might go get some of this now...
Special-K Special-K 8 years
I eat the soup like its going out of style. I actually really like Kikkoman's instant Miso soup believe it or not. Nice and light but equally filling.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i love miso soup!!
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