What are the Benefits of Eating Tofu
Tofu is more than just a meat alternative for vegans. This nutrient rich super food has numerous health benefits for non-vegans as well. Also known as bean curd, tofu has been in existence for over 2,000 years and is a diet staple in Asian cultures. Made from coagulated soy milk, tofu has numerous nutritional qualities and extreme versatility in how it can be prepared. It is also naturally gluten-free and low calorie, which makes it the ideal addition to any menu plan that is focused on eating real food and meeting the daily intake of nutrients.
Tofu offers a smorgasbord of vitamins, nutrients and other healthy components. It is an excellent source of amino acids, iron, calcium, B-vitamins and other micro-nutrients. It’s also rich in isoflavones, which reduce the risk of osteoporosis and lowers the risks of breast cancer and prostate cancer. In fact, studies have shown that consuming at least 10mg of soy per day, such as in tofu, can decrease breast cancer recurrence by 25 percent. The isoflavones contained in tofu can also reduce annoying menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings.
Cholesterol Lowering Qualities
Another beneficial aspect of eating tofu is that is reduces heart disease by lowering the level of the bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. As it does this, it also helps to maintain the level of good (HDL) cholesterol.
Type 2 Diabetes
Those suffering from type 2 diabetes often excrete an excessive amount of protein in their urine as a result of kidney disease. However, studies have shown that diabetics who replace meats with soy products, typically excreted less protein.
So, go home and squeeze your tofu (firm not silky) and prepare your favorite dish with this healthy protein alternative. Don't forget to season and marinate your tofu to match your favorite cuisine.
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