When you think of eating, what do you want your food to do? To get right down to it, as a percentage of 100 how functional is it for your body? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_food
Should it, offer enjoyment, fill the stomach, show a little flavor that sparks your day, help you to live healthy? I believe it should do all with no side effects. Side effects are not often sited as coming from food. Side effects can be bloating, additional weight, poor skin, drowsiness, muscle tension, headaches and more. Crazy, no?
Well not so crazy if you have any of those side effects and you and your food are at odds.
Think about it. And while you are considering your choices make a simple Miso Soup with an upgrade of ginger and a touch of bonito flakes for flavor and body minded goodness. Yes, you can buy a mix but generally they have way to much salt to preserve the ingredients which causes bloating and swelling. For a simple fresh version take 4 cups of water and stir in a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger. Bring to a simmer. Add and dissolve 3 tablespoons of mild yellow miso, 2 tablespoons each of soaked dried seaweed and chopped green onion. If you have it, a half teaspoon of bonito flakes rounds out with additional flavor.
Sometimes sipping a big bowl of tasty Miso Soup does a lot to help you think while your body enjoys the effect of this wonderfulness ! The Vegetable Alchemist.