Circulation Journal
Online ISSN : 1347-4820
Print ISSN : 1346-9843
Clinical Investigation
Feasibility and Effect on Blood Pressure of 6-Week Trial of Low Sodium Soy Sauce and Miso (Fermented Soybean Paste)
Mieko NakamuraNobuo AokiTakuji YamadaNobuaki Kubo
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2003 年 67 巻 6 号 p. 530-534

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A double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the feasibility of the long-term use of low-sodium soy sauce and miso in the general Japanese population and its effect on blood pressure (BP). Forty men and 24 women were randomly allocated to a low-sodium group (n=32) or a control group (n=32). Low-sodium soy sauce and miso, which were approximately 25% and 20% lower in salt content than common soy sauce and miso, were used in the study. The change in BP after a 6-week intervention was evaluated. There were no significant differences in age, sex, body mass index, BP or hypertension between the 2 groups before intervention. After the 6-week intervention, no significant change in BP was observed in the entire cohort. However, in those aged 40 years and older, 6.4 mmHg net reduction in diastolic BP with no significant change in systolic BP was noted in the low-sodium group. Taste evaluation for the low-sodium seasoning was considerably good. Replacing soy sauce and miso of the common type with the low-sodium alternative is feasible in the general population and could be the basis for a salt reduction strategy in the Japanese diet. (Circ J 2003; 67: 530 - 534)

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