Will Miso Raise My Blood Pressure?

Japan’s distinctive miso boasts a long list of health benefits. The country’s heavy consumption of the dish may play a big part in much of their strong health record. The only real drawback in many people’s minds is the high levels of sodium found in this fermented soy product. A single teaspoon of miso could have between 200 and 300 milligrams of this element, known to raise blood pressure and increase one’s risk of heart disease. So, should you avoid miso?

Surprisingly enough, it would seem that miso does not have the effect on your health that its high sodium levels would indicate. In a study, researchers gave miso to one group of test animals, feeding another group an amount of salt with an equal concentration of sodium. It was found that the animals that ate the miso did not exhibit an increase in blood pressure. Later studies on humans demonstrated a similar effect, finding that people who regularly consume miso actually enjoy superior cardiovascular health.

It’s hard to know why this is the case, but the results cannot be argued with. Come and try some of our miso at our sushi restaurant in Issaquah today!