Miso soup is a classic and traditional appetizer in Japanese cuisine. But did you know this humble soup has potential health benefits?
What is Miso Soup?
Traditionally made from fermented soybean paste (miso) and dashi soup stock, miso soup often includes ingredients like tofu and spring onions. In Japanese culture, this salty and savory soup is so common that it is usually eaten at least once a day.
So, why eat miso soup? Your lunch and dinner providers at Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill have listed three reasons why eating miso soup may be beneficial for your health.
Good for Digestive Health
One of the core ingredients of miso soup is miso itself. Miso is made from fermenting soybean paste, a process that turns the food into a probiotic. Probiotics, and specifically the probiotic found in miso, help promote healthy gut bacteria which helps with digestion.
Some research has noted that the kind of probiotic in miso may help reduce some digestive and inflammatory bowel disease symptoms. Simply put, eating miso soup could be an easy way to support your gut health.
Helps Strengthen Immune System
Healthy digestion is a big factor in immune health. The probiotics in miso soup help strengthen your gut flora, which in turn helps the body’s immune response.
Research shows that diets that are rich in probiotics may help lower the risk of sickness, and help you recover faster when you do happen to get sick. While more research needs to be done about miso specifically, its probiotic nature has the potential to help support your immune system.
For such a simple dish, miso soup is full of nutrients. It is rich in protein, sodium, maganese, vitamin K, and zinc. There are also smaller amounts of calcium, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and selenium found in miso soup. The fermentation that miso goes through helps the body absorb all of these nutrients.
In addition, miso made from soybeans is actually known as a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids needed for human health.
Miso soup dates back to the 6th or 7th century AD in Japan, and it’s easy to see why it continues to be eaten today. Stop by Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill to experience this classic appetizer as well as other delicious Japanese cuisine. We are located at 100 Central Avenue in Sarasota. You can reach us by phone at (941) 366-1033 to make reservations. We look forward to serving you!