Do Real Men Eat Tofu?

Grilled Tofu

For almost 5000 years soy products have been a major source of vegetarian protein used in a variety of tasty Asian dishes. Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a soy-based food product made by coagulating soy milk and pressing it into blocks. It is naturally gluten-free, contains no cholesterol and is low in calories. The gelatinous white blocks are a complete source of dietary protein and provide the essential amino acids needed for a healthy diet. Tofu's neutral flavor allows it to absorb all types of marinades and seasonings making it an ideal substitute most meats.

So do real men eat tofu? Some do and some don't — and some men have no idea what tofu is. That said, other men have been swayed by what would appear to be misinformation regarding tofu and other food products produced from soybeans. In the mid-1990s,  there were rumors, supposedly from scientific studies, that the plant estrogens (isoflavones) in tofu could reduce the production of testosterone in men and bring about feminine characteristics, such as man boobs. Although estrogen is primarily thought of as a female hormone, it also plays a significant role in men's health. In fact, too little estrogen can cause men to have an increased risk of chronic diseases like osteoporosis.

On a positive note, some research studies have concluded that the consumption of soybean products may lower blood LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA), people who are not allergic to soy do not have to worry about ill-effects to their health. It should be noted that the FDA has released warnings to persons with gout that soy-based food products contain purine and should be consumed in limited quantities. To learn more about your hormonal balance and which foods you should have in your menu plan, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a free consultation.


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