Weight loss benefits Of Eating Miso Soup

When trying to lose weight from the Beer belly, one of the main principles of weight loss is a change in your daily diet.Miso soup is becoming a high regarded source for healthy eating and ultimately losing weight.

Miso soup is well known dietary staple in Japan, contains miso paste, onions, carrots, seaweed and water. The paste is typically made from soybeans, yeast and a starch, such as rice or barley, and is aged for approximately a year. Fortunately, you can purchase aged and fermented miso, which provides several health benefits, in many specialty stores and some supermarkets.

Below are the main benefits which can be attributed to Miso soup. It is essential to make clear that weight loss through Miso soup is when this is substituted for an original meal with a higher calorie level. Miso soup cannot be added as an ‘extra’. Why not try it for your lunch?

The main health and weight loss benefits of Miso Soup are as followed:

  • Miso contains many trace minerals, including zinc, manganese, and copper, which can all contribute to the strengthening of the bodies immune system.
  • The high amount of nutrients present in miso helps boost energy and even protects bones and blood vessels.
  • Miso soup has a high level of zinc present which is valuable to immune function and wound healing.
  • A lot of organic compounds are found in miso, which can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Miso is often recommended to vegans, since it is naturally high in protein, vitamin K, and vitamin B12.
  • Miso is great for the digestive tract, as it is high in fibre and probiotics.
  • Miso is a weight loss dream food as it only contains around 56 calories per one ounce serving and only two grams of fat. A cup of miso soup is both satisfying and filling, since it has a high moisture content that curbs appetite and overeating. Adding Miso soup to your everyday diet as a replacement for one of your high in fat/calorie food can significantly decrease the amount of calories you intake into your body.
  • The combination of wakame seaweed and miso is said to be an effective fighter against nicotine-related disorders.
  • Many believe that consuming miso soup several times a week will help you avoid illness during cold and flu season. The remedy soothes those who are already sick much like chicken soup. Antioxidants in the soup strengthen the immune system and, because miso soothes acid in the system, it helps combat viral infections.

The Health and Anti-Aging Power of Miso Soup

Miso is a soy paste that is created by inoculating trays of rice with the vitamin B12 synthesizing fungus, Aspergillus oryzae, then mixing in a ground preparation of cooked soybeans and salt, and letting the mixture ferment for several days before grinding it into a paste with a nut butter consistency. Because it is fermented with a B12-synthesizing bacteria, miso has been commonly recommended as a B12 source for vegans. Miso is quite high in sodium (1 ounce contains 52% of the recommended daily value for sodium), but a little miso goes a long way towards providing your daily needs for the trace minerals zinc, manganese, and copper. In addition, a single tablespoon of miso contains 2 grams of protein for just 25 calories. An impressive nutrient profile for a flavoring agent! Use miso in your cooking instead of plain old salt and reap a variety of benefits in addition to enhanced flavor.

This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Miso provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Miso can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Miso, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.

Miso’s Minerals Support Immune Function, Energy Production, Bones and Blood Vessels

If one mineral were awarded first prize for its beneficial effects on immune function, it would be zinc. A cofactor in a wide variety of enzymatic reactions, zinc is critial to immune function and wound healing.

Copper and manganese, two other enzyme cofactors, are essential components of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Copper is also necessary for the activity of lysyl oxidase, an enzyme involved in cross-linking collagen and elastin, both of which provide the ground substance and flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.Iron is primarily used as part of hemoglobin, the molecule responsible for transporting and releasing oxygen throughout the body. But hemoglobin synthesis also relies on copper. Without copper, iron cannot be properly utilized in red blood cells. Fortunately, Mother Nature supplies both minerals in miso.

Protection Against Breast Cancer

The incidence of breast cancer in first-generation Japanese migrants to Hawaii is about 60 percent of the rate in subsequent generations of Japanese born in Hawaii. Researchers thought this might have something to do with the fact that, in Japan, consumption of soy foods is about five times or more what it is among Japanese migrants to Hawaii. Researchers at the Departments of Nutrition Sciences and Biostatistics/Biomathematics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, theorized that miso, natto, soy sauce, and other traditionally fermented soybean foods might contribute to their lower incidence of disease. To test this hypothesis, the scientists initiated feeding trials with laboratory animals and found that feeding them miso delayed the appearance of induced breast cancer compared with animals on the control diet. The miso-supplemented animals showed a trend toward a lower number of cancers per animal, a trend toward a higher number of benign tumors per animal, and a trend toward a lower growth rate of cancers compared with controls. The researchers concluded, “This data suggest that miso consumption may be a factor producing a lower breast cancer incidence in Japanese women. Organic compounds found in fermented soybean-based foods may exert a chemoprotective effect.”

The Health Benefits of Quinoa

Quinoa Nutrition

Quinoa not only has a high protein content, but also is one of the only grain that contains all the 8 essential amino acids, making it a great vegetarian protein source. It is particularly high in the amino acid lysine. It also has a very low glycemic index (GI), making it a source of slow releasing carbohydrate. It is a good source of the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B 6 and folic acid. It is rich in minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus copper and zinc.

Quinoa for Heart Disease Prevention

Quinoa is a good source of the cholesterol lowering B vitamin niacin and the blood pressure lowering mineral magnesium. Wholegrains, like quinoa are a good source of fibre. A meta-analysis of 7 studies showed that people with the highest dietary fibre intake had the lowest cardiovascular risk.

Quinoa for Diabetes Prevention

The mineral magnesium forms part of the glucose-regulating compound (known as glucose tolerance factor), along with chromium and vanadium, which are also found in wholegrains. Studies have shown that regular consumption of wholegrains lowers Type 2 diabetes risk. In one 8-year trial of over 40,000 subjects, risk of Type 2 diabetes was found to be 30% lower in women who frequently consumed wholegrains compared to those who ate the least of these foods. The low GI of quinoa helps to create a more sustained release of glucose into the bloodstream, which prevents sugar spikes and puts less stress on the pancreas that needs to pump out less insulin to deal with the glucose load.

Quinoa and Cancer Prevention

Wholegrain compounds in quinoa may help with cancer prevention. A study of over 35,000 participants showed that those consuming the most wholegrains had a significant reduction in breast cancer risk compared to those with low wholegrain intakes. The main reasons for wholegrains offering protection have to do with their high fibre content as well as their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In addition, wholegrains contain special compound called lignans, which are converted by good bacteria in the gut into useful substance that can help prevent cancer.

Quinoa for Digestive Health

Another of the health benefits of quinoa is its ability to aid digestive health. Wholegrains are a rich source of insoluble fibre, which increases stool bulk and decreases the transit time of waste through the intestines. Oats also contain soluble fibre, which holds water and improves stool consistency.

Quinoa For Allergy Prevention

Quinoa is both wheat and gluten free making it a safe alternative to pastas for allergy sufferers. It is gentle on the system and very unlikely to cause adverse reactions.

Quinoa for a Healthy Pregnancy

Quinoa is a good source of folate (folic acid), with one cup containing half of the daily value. Folate has been shown to help prevent neural tube defects in newborns and is an essential part of any healthy pregnancy diet.

Quinoa the Everyday Superfood

Quinoa the Everyday SuperfoodQuinoa, pronounced “Keen-wah”, is a goosefoot species,miracle grain-like crop. It is native to South America and was first domesticated almost 6,000 years ago in the Andes. I call it a miracle crop for a reason. Among many other nutritional values, it’s protein content is very high (12%-18%). Unlike wheat or rice, and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans. Because of these characteristics quinoa is a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.If it sounds took good to be true; it’s not. And best of all, it has a wonderful nutty flavor and cooks up nice and fluffy making it a perfect substitution for white rice or couscous.

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