I’ve adored Japanese food for well over a decade but in recent years this healthy and varied cuisine has had a surge in popularity. Of course, this increase in popularity has meant that traditionally Japanese ingredients have hit supermarket shelves. Now you no longer need to visit specialist stores to load up on sushi rice or seaweed you just need to head down to your local Tesco.
One ingredient that has been a long time favourite of mine is miso. I remember the first time I tasted miso. The intense and warming miso soup flooded my taste buds and it was a revelation. Not only does it taste great but miso offers a whole host of health benefits which is why the Japanese start the day with a cup of miso. Miso is protein rich as it is made from fermented soy beans. It contains millions of beneficial bacteria which are known as probiotics. It adds a distinct umami flavour to your dishes and can be used in everything from soups to ice-cream.
It is also rich in essential minerals – a great source of vitamins B, E and K. Miso also contains folic acid. The healthy gut bacteria it contains is vital to keep yourself healthy and happy. On top of all those benefits its also a source of copper, manganese and zinc. Its rich in the enzymes that are vital for digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Beware though as miso contains a lot of sodium and as we know too much salt is bad for us. Opt for vthe low sodium version whenever possible. There are so many dishes can be enriched with miso. To start you off I’ve provided a selection of amazing recipes that contain miso.
Delicious huh? Have you incorporated miso into your diet?