The Benefits of Miso
At Food85, we've launched with our fermented vegan kimchi - but we're huge fans of the incredible fermented ingredient, miso paste.
Miso is a thick condiment that is used in Asian cooking, and can be found in recipes for soups and curry dishes, stews and salads.
Miso is usually made from fermented soy beans and grains such as rice, though there are now many more types of alternative miso coming to the market for those who would rather avoid soy or would like to try something a little different.
Miso can be made from various different legumes and grains, which can not only change the nutritional value, but the flavour too. White, or paler misos are lightly in taste whilst the darker, or red varieties are strong and rich.
As with other fermented products, miso has a wide array of health benefits. Some of which we've listed below:
- Miso is high in protein, thanks to the levels of protein found in soy beans and other legumes.
- Miso also contains copper, which is used by our bodies to create red blood cells, and support nerve cells, the immune system, bones and connective tissue.
- Miso is a source of magnese, which is used by our bodies for a huge variety of functions; including forming bones, connective tissues and sex hormones and additionally supports optimal brain and nerve function.
- Miso contains iron, which is used for most importantly for carrying oxygen to our body through our red blood cells.
- Miso is also a source of vitamin K, which our body needs for wound healing and possible for healthy bones.
- As miso is fermented, it is also packed with probiotics. As we've talked about before on the blog. probiotics and the other digestive enzymes found in fermented foods, is essential for keeping our gut healthy. We're now finding that our gut is hugely linked to our emotional and mental well-being and our immune system.
- Due to the fermentation process, miso contains nutrients that are broken down into forms that are more easily digested by our guts, meaning all the lovely nutrients mentioned above will make it into our systems!
So there you have it - the many reasons to enjoy miso paste. What's your favourite way to use miso?
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