Miso — A Delicious and Healing Food

Miso is undeniably the most medicinal soy food. Current scientific research now supports its historical health claims. This delicious food is an effective therapeutic aid in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, certain cancers, radiation sickness and hypertension. Miso soup consumption is linked with up to a 50% reduced risk of breast cancer according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Through a special double-fermentation process, soybeans and grains are transformed into a wondrous seasoning agent with potent healing properties.

Just as you can taste the difference between a fine and cheap wine, you can readily taste and appreciate the difference between a quality miso and a pasteurized, high-tech miso. Look for organic miso that states on the label that it was naturally aged in wood using traditional techniques.floral lady with hat sm

Miso has a texture similar to peanut butter and is available in a vast range of delicious flavors ranging from meaty and savory to sweet and delicate. While you’ll most often find miso in soup, where it serves as a rich and flavorful bouillon, it is also used in sauces, dressings and even some desserts.

The sweetest tasting misos are yellow or beige in color, sweet and light in flavor and impart an almost diary-like creamy flavor. They seem especially suited to Western-style comfort foods like mashed potatoes and cream soups, whereas the more salty, savory misos are dark red or brown, have aged longer, and impart an Asian flavor.

My current favorite is a soy-free miso made of chickpeas. Whenever my energy is low, immune system is challenged, or before and after X-ray exposure, it’s miso that goes into my soup.

At home, refrigerate miso in an airtight container. Use the light-colored miso within nine months and dark miso within eighteen months. Miso is a superior source of usable whole protein, for it contains all eight essential amino acids. Miso’s protein content ranges from 12 to 20%, depending upon the variety.

May you be well nourished,

Rebecca Wood

12 Responses to Miso — A Delicious and Healing Food

  1. Hi
    Thank you for your article. I read that sea vegetables and miso can pull radiation from the body which can reduce the effectiveness of radiation treatment. It advises to avoid those foods prior to a treatment.
    I have a friend getting radiation. Should she stop taking the miso and sea vegetables until after treatment?

    • Good questions and, quite obviously, there are no clinical studies to confirm or deny this. You’re friend will just have to use her intuition. However, use of miso and sea veggies after treatment is a great idea.

  2. Hi,
    I recall a couple recipes for miso soup on your site, one was Golden Miso Soup, it was an accompanying recipe with an article entitled Miso-A Delicious and Healing Food. I have the article but have misplaced the recipe. I have looked under Recipies and can’t seem to find it.
    Is it no longer available?
    Thank You

    • I’ll aim to get it back on line one day. In the meantime, try this: make a simple squash soup, toward the end add coconut milk and then add miso. I’ll bet you can recreate the recipe.

  3. absolutely we can use miso as a spread, it is a great replacement for vegimite and other salty condiments. I especially like it on toast with avocado slices.

  4. Hello,
    I read alot about Miso and it’s health benefits but if it is made from soybeans isn’t it a GE food since most soybeans are GMO’s. I haven’t seen the chickpea based miso mentioned above just soybean.
    Thank You,

  5. Dear Rebecca.
    Thanks for all the information you pass on. My friend suggested your site as i was looking up info about Miso.
    I have a slow thyroid, and i would really like some more infor on what exactly the kind of food i can eat.
    Thanks and regards
    Rita Portelli
    Malta Europe

    • Hi Rita,
      You’re welcome!
      The only way I can do justice to your question is in a Diet Consultation in which we could pinpoint what you need to avoid and what you need to favor (in terms of diet and lifestyle) to regain thyroid balance.

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