10 Wonderful Little Known Benefits Of Miso
Miso – which is a Japanese fermented food – is not exactly what you’d call a common food staple here in the West. As a matter of fact, when I made a miso soup for my friends and family recently, none of them had ever heard of it. There were confused glances all round and plenty of whispering.
“Miso? Have you heard of it?”
“No. How do you spell it?”
As such, people seem reluctant to buy a tub of miso that they’re probably not going to use. And they won’t use it because they don’t know what to do with it!
But miso soup is a fantastic winter warmer that should be part of your diet now that we’re entering the colder seasons. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also fun to make – and comes with numerous health benefits.
Let’s take a look at 10 wonderful but little known benefits of miso.
Miso Is Rich In Good Fats
Perhaps your friend has already killed your miso dream dead by pointing out that it’s rich in fats.
You: “Let’s eat miso!”
Friend: “Miso contains lots of fats.”
You: “Aww no!”
Friend: “IKR. Back to the burgers we go. Damn.”
Okay, so miso does contain a lot of fats – but its fats are the GOOD kind! Yep, miso is a fab source of polyunsaturated fats (healthy fats, in other words). This type of fat is so good of you that the FDA says that it can lower bad cholesterol and may even reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Miso Combats Lifestyle Disease
Lifestyle disease (which is basically disease that arises as a result of your lifestyle – specifically your diet and lack of exercise – and includes diabetes) is becoming more and more common, thanks to the fact that so many of us eat cheeseburgers and drink soda pops.
Indeed, a hundred years ago pretty much nobody had even heard of diabetes, while heart disease was certainly not the killer that it is today.
Miso, though, can offer a helping hand and can combat lifestyle diseases.
Miso Aids Digestion
Lots of people around the world are occasionally troubled by digestive issues. A digestive complaint could be something as minor as bloating after eating, or it could be something more disruptive, such as irritable bowel disease.
Either way, digestion issues are mostly always caused by what we put into our body. And miso can help to get a poorly functioning digestive process that is making you miserable back on track.
This is down to the fact that miso is an awesome fermenting force that breaks down carbs, oils and complex proteins. In turn, it promotes a healthier digestive system.
So, if your stomach has been playing tricks lately, give it a shot of miso.
Miso Contains Probiotics
Probiotics (which is healthy bacteria) are found in yogurt, and they’re also found in miso. And your intestines need this type of bacteria to keep on functioning optimally.
Probiotics can combat food-born sickness, boost your digestive function, and they also treat urinary tract infections.
If you’re not a fan of yogurt, miso is a fantastic alternative source.
Miso Can Prevent Cancer
Cancer is scary. They say that one in three people will get cancer at some point in their lives, which is a frankly terrifying statistic. It also means that every one of us will be affected by cancer, whether this means we ourselves will develop it or someone close to us will.
But although there is no magic bullet to preventing cancer, there are small but significant changes you can make to your diet which can greatly reduce your risk of developing certain forms of The Big C. And miso can help.
Miso contains Genistein, an isoflavon that can stop certain cancers from growing and spreading.
Miso Can Reduce Stress
We’re using our imagination slightly with this one, as miso hasn’t been proven to actually remedy stress. But the fact that miso can calm your stomach, boost the digestive system, and flush out nasty toxins from your body means that it is essentially taking a load off.
After all, a poor digestive system and toxins in your bloodstream can cause stress. If these issues are taken care of, you’ll have a few less things to worry about.
Miso Contains Powerful Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defence against attack from pesky rogue molecules known as free radicals. These rogue molecules are not nice. Missing a neurone, their only intention in life is to make you feel physically miserable! They cause cellular degeneration, as well as many numerous other health issues. Not cool.
But miso contains powerful antioxidants. Among their numbers is the aforementioned genistein, which helps to flush out nasty toxins that are polluting your body and making you feel rundown.
Miso should be an important part of your diet because we all need more antioxidants. While free radicals enter our body from obvious harmful sources such as pollution, they also feed on surprising sources, such as exercise. Basically, the more you exercise, the more free radicals your body produces.
Miso Strengthens Your Immune System
Your immune system is kinda important. Although you probably don’t pay it much attention when it’s functioning properly (you’re hardly gonna wake up and say ‘thank you immune system for being you’) you DO notice it when things start to break down.
Miso is just one food produce that can boost your immune system.
Miso Is Stuffed With Nutrients
If you’re looking to fix up your diet in such a way that your body gets to consume more nutrients, miso should be a must on your weekly grocery shopping list. Its nutrient profile is almost unparalleled, and makes me question why it’s such a big secret.
After all, miso is an excellent source of protein, potassium, iron, calcium and essential B vitamins. Crucially, it is also rich in complete proteins, which are proteins that contain all the essential amino acids.
Miso Contains B Vitamins
B Vitamins are essential, but they’re not always so easy to find – especially B12. Stick miso on your weekly grocery shopping list and you won’t have to worry about tracking them down ever again.
Stay happy and healthy!