Miso is the most prevalent form of fermented food in the world, traditionally made from fermented soybeans, aspergillus oryzae culture (koji) and salt. Other ingredients are frequently incorporated such as grains, sea vegetables, mushrooms and scallions.
Miso is a traditional soup which has been popular in Japan for hundreds of years, and is linked back to origins in China in the 3rd century BCE and another fermented food called Hishio.
Have you ever eaten in a sushi or traditional Japanese restaurant? Chances are you’ve had Miso soup. But did you know it has some amazing health benefits as well?
Miso owes it’s highly satisfying savory taste to the interaction between protein phytochemicals called glutamates, and their interaction with various other peptides. In fermentation the components of the original soy bean are transformed, made digestible, and given that unique “Umami” taste.
There is a definite connection between Miso’s unique properties, the Umami taste, and the presence of unique glutamates and peptides formed by fermentation. In addition, the savory flavor may bet activating part of our pallet and our brain that is missing when we concentrate only on salty and sweet foods.