As the daily elixir of the Japanese diet, homemade miso soup is not only delicious, it also offers various health benefits.
Miso soup contains micronutrients, from the enzymes and probiotics to a host of vitamins and minerals.
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins — vitamin B12, pantothenic acid (B5), niacin (B3), thiamin, riboflavin, B6, and folate
- Vitamin K
The health benefits you may get from miso soup include:
- Support gut health. Eating miso soup daily keeps the gut healthy by restoring the flora. Miso soup produces probiotics which promote good bacteria in your gut and help with nutrient absorption.
- Support the Immune System — Studies found that probiotics can support the immune system by signaling immune pathways.
- Prevent Cancerous Cells – Miso soup contains antioxidants that can fight free radicals, which contribute to developing cancerous cells in the body. Regular consumption of miso soup can help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
- Improve Heart Health —Animal studies show that miso may help reduce levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol in the blood.
It’s super easy to make authentic Japanese miso soup at home!
How to Make Miso Soup
- 4 cups dashi (here)
- 1/4 cup white miso (find it here)
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- Place dashi in a saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
- Carefully remove 1 cup of dashi and place in a bowl or measuring cup. Gradually whisk in miso, 1 tablespoon at a time, making sure it’s completely dissolved before adding more. Once all miso has been added, return the mixture to the saucepan.
- Remove from heat and add green onion and enjoy.
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