Updated: April 21, 2016
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How Miso Soup Keeps Japanese People Healthy
Miso soup that is popular all over the world is made from a very traditional Japanese fish stock called Dashi and Miso paste, with other ingredients. It is a key of Japanese people's health.
This seemingly simple soup that is very popular all over the world is made from a very traditional Japanese fish stock called Dashi and Miso paste, with other ingredients varying depending on the region, the season, and ultimately personal preference.
Did you know that Miso soup is good for your health?
In 2003 Japan's National Cancer Centre suggested that three bowls of Miso soup a day could decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. The soup is also low in calories but high in protein.
Roll of Miso
Miso paste plays the most important role in the flavor of Miso soup. Miso paste that has been aged longer will give the soup a deeper, richer flavor while less fermented Miso paste will give the soup a lighter, sweeter flavor.
What is Dashi?
Dashi stock that is the base for the soup is made from dried baby sardines, dried kelp, and shavings of dried smoked bonito, or dried shiitake mushrooms.
Miso soup is so popular in Japan that it has been said that over three-quarter of the country consume this soup at least once a day. In addition to Miso soup made the traditional way you can also easily find instant Miso soup in Japan and many other countries all over the world. Perhaps you can try one at home.
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