A dynamic soup, healthy, and with a right kick

12.02.20140 Comment

A dynamic soup, healthy, and with a right kick

I’ve just discovered this tasty and very healthy drink. Its Miso and Wakame (seaweed) soup, sold in sachets, in boxes of about five, and very affordable.

*please read a comment made below - then decide yourself 

Its look and taste

It looks like ditch water, a murky brown, and tastes like Bovril a bit, so i decided to add turmeric (curcumin) and black peppercorn (piperine) which are two of my ‘five things to add to any snack’ (photo right) which give it more flavour, and a kick.

These two substances have strong anti-cancer qualities, and enhance the flavour. It’s a winter warmer.

Instant miso soup

Instant miso soup is available in single-serving packets. It generally contains dried wakame and tofu with soy beans that reconstitute rapidly on the addition of hot water. *Think 'cup-a-soup'.

These are popular in the Japanese workplace, where miso soup can be made with lunch as easily as green tea and using the same water. Instant miso soup is available in many grocery stores outside of Japan. It has a shelf life of 3 to 12 months

Make your own and add foods

You can buy it as just Miso, then add stock, then add others ingrediaents as you wish, such as ingredients that float, such as wakame seaweed, and ingredients that sink, such as potatoes, are also combined. Ingredients may include mushrooms, potatoes, seaweed, onion, shrimp, fish.

Pure miso paste nutritional information:

Although very high in sodium (over 400% DV), one cup (275 g) of miso paste is an excellent source of dietary fiber (59%) and protein (64% DV), as well as a good source of minerals. Miso paste is also high in amino acids, the basic building blocks of protein.

An excellent source of vitamin K and a decent source of riboflavin (38% DV), miso also provides small amounts of other vitamins. One major benefit of miso is its extremely high omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid content, although the balance is six times greater for omega-6 than omega-3.

Ah, there had to be a catch

So, its certainly quite dynamic in the fight against cancer (especially breast cancer?) but if you’ve read my blog about omega fatty acids, you’ll know that we need more omega-3 than omega-6. So i feel this is one to ponder. I think the quality of the gains from all the good stuff outweighs the negative of a 6:1 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. You decide for yourself.

Healthy or not then?

In 2003, researchers at Japan's National Cancer Centre suggested that "eating three or more bowls of the Japanese delicacy Miso soup every day could cut women's risk of developing breast cancer".

So i say Yes! Its one of the good guys, and its so quick to make with boiling water, and easy to carry around (due to being a paste in a sachet), and can be bought for about £1.50p a box so i make that about 30p a drink. Better than grabbing caffeine loaded coffees and teas at bus terminals any day!

"enjoy" in Japanese


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