These “Healthy” Foods Are Actually High In Sodium

Miso Soup Might Harm Blood Pressure

Miso soup is prized for its many nutrients and benefits for the digestive tract. But for people who are salt-weary, it is not so healthy. In 2003, a study in the journal Circulation found that peoples’ blood pressure increases when they frequently eat miso. Why? Because of the sodium.

A white bowl with a spoon contains miso soup.
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On average, most bowls of miso contain around 1,000 mg of salt (or one gram). This high amount has a negative effect on heart rate and blood pressure, despite the dish’s many benefits. If you love miso, you might want to find a “reduced salt” option.