Miso & Seaweed

NOTE: I had planned to post information about the Atkins Diet, the next in my series of Food Plans & Diets. I am posting them somewhat alphabetically, and not always, depending on when I receive the books. So far I have posted allergy diets and then acid-alkaline. The latter should have been first, alphabetically, but I received it after I had already posted allergy diets. I hope to do Atkins in the next week or so, as I finish reading and digesting it.

In the meantime, the incidents in Japan have many people worried, including me. So I looked up miso and seaweed to be sure what I thought could be documented. Here are 3 websites you might want to investigate concerning these protective foods.

Photo from www.OceanLink.com

Seaweed and miso may be protective against radiation, so if you are concerned about the nuclear accident in Japan affecting the air quality in the U.S., these two foods are good to add to your diet.

First, from www.fuelthemind.com:

Beneficial nutrients in seaweed
Some beneficial nutrients in seaweed include organic (photo-synthetic) vitamins, trace minerals, lipids, plant sterols, amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6, anti-oxidants, growth hormones, polyphenols, and flavenoids. Seaweed also contains Fucoidan, Laminarin, and Alginate compounds. Studies suggest that these are anti-biotic and anti-viral. Land plants do not contain these photochemicals.

Second, I found a site (www.healthiertalk.com) with this specific information by Dr. Linda Page on radiation. Go to the site for the entire article. (Type seaweed in the Search box):

Seaweeds purify all the world’s oceans– they can do the same for your body. Seaweeds like kelp, dulse and Irish Moss can protect us from a wide range of toxic elements in the environment, including radiation by-products, converting them into harmless salts that our bodies can eliminate.

Natural iodine in seaweeds can reduce by almost 80% radioactive iodine-131 that is absorbed by the thyroid. Seaweeds are so effective that even the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommends that people consume two to three ounces of seaweeds a week (or 2 tbsp. of algin supplements a day) for maximum protection against radiation poisoning.

Finally, here is information about miso soup (with tofu) from Lance Artmstrong’s site. You can use the full link below or go to www.livestrong.com and scroll down to Health Properties of Miso/LIVESTRONG.COM and click to get the full article.

Intestinal Health

Miso soup is easy on the stomach, which can make it a good choice for individuals who have digestive problems. According to Carefair.com, tofu is easily digested, and the seaweed in the soup also promotes intestinal health. Minerals in the seaweed also help improve the metabolism and can assist in removing toxins from the intestines, says Carefair.com. The fermented soybeans and enzymes in miso also help break down carbohydrates and proteins for easier digestion, states Edenfoods.com.♥

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/312648-health-properties-of-miso-soup/#ixzz1GoPEro72

Note: My favorite seaweeds are Nori stips (used to make sushi or roll-ups) and Arame seaweed. But I also add Kombu to soups and beans for quicker cooking and added nutrients from the sea. I also like Mellow Miso that comes in a tub. See photo below:

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