Satoimo Slime Helps Liver Cleanse Poisons (Part 4)
Although satoimo is mainly comprised of starch, it contains fewer calories and less than half the starch of a sweet potato.
Because satoimo contains both fiber and vitamin B1, which converts sugars to energy, it is highly recommended for people concerned about putting on too much weight. Satoimo also helps control blood cholesterol, so even people with high blood pressure can enjoy satoimo without worry.
The characteristic slime of satoimo contains mucin, galactic (a carbohydrate compound) and protein. Once in the body, satoimo mucin becomes glucoronic acid, which helps the liver deal with toxins in the blood, and improves liver function.
In Chinese herbal medicine, satoimo is said to aid the function of the liver and kidneys. A regular diet of satoimo is recommended to prevent deterioration of liver and kidney function. In other words, satoimo –– so familiar to many Japanese as a “taste of home” enjoyed at taverns with a few beers or sake –– also helps protect your liver. When shopping for satoimo, choose ones which still have the dirt on them, not those that have been washed clean. If the slime bothers you, boil them in water with a little vinegar added to remove the slime.
Satoimo Kenchinjiru (Hearty Satoimo Miso Soup)
Ingredients (serves 4): 5-6 satoimo, 1/2 gobo, 1/2 carrot, 1/2 block of konyaku, miso and broth
1. Cut all ingredients into bite-sized pieces
2. Heat broth. Place ingredients from step 1 in broth.
3. when the ingredients are soft, add miso to taste.
To be continued
(Translated by Roy Mashima)
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