You wouldn’t think those soft, white, bland-looking blocks of tofu could contain so many health benefits. However, people who are familiar with this Asian staple know that it is a great source of vegetarian protein.
While there are a few varieties of tofu to choose from, the main ingredient is soy milk mixed with a coagulant rich in minerals. It is this combination of soy milk and a coagulant, nigari, that makes it so healthy.
Health Benefits of Tofu
As mentioned above, tofu is a good source of protein, and it also contains a great deal of important minerals and vitamins, such as calcium, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin B1, selenium and phosphorus, among others. It also contains all eight of the essential amino acids the human body craves.
Studies have also shown evidence that it helps to lower bad cholesterol, while also preserving good cholesterol. Current research is helping determine its ability to reduce the risk of breast cancer and the symptoms related to menopause.
High in isoflavones, it also helps to improve the health and strength of bones, subsequently reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Eating tofu instead of meat also provides an equivalent amount of protein, fat, energy and fiber, albeit in a healthier form with lower cholesterol and triglycerides. This also means less risk of cardiovascular diseases.
But you don’t need scientific research to tell you that tofu can be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. You can serve it in the variety of ways. That will no doubt appeal to everyone seated at the dinner table!