Monday, June 15, 2009

Miso Madness

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Recently I have been craving all things miso; my consumption of the delicious Japanese paste coming mainly in the form of miso dressing and miso soup. This tasty culinary seasoning is actually a concoction of fermented ingredients, often including soy, barley, or rice. The result is many different varieties of a salty, savory, distinct paste used extensively in Japanese cuisine. The most common varieties can be found in your local natural grocer's refrigerator case. The different colors of miso, such as brown, red and white, indicate the unique ingredient combination and flavor result.

But the benefits of miso are recognized by more than your taste buds, and many a holistic health buff will regale you with the superpowers of miso. Some of the health advantages of regular miso consumption may include defending against certain types of cancer, strengthening the immune system, preventing the signs of aging (due to the high antioxidant content), and encouraging healthy and beautiful skin. Of course, it is never wise to overdue it on any one type of food. Miso is high in sodium, so a little goes a long way with this Asian wonder. 

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