What is Tofu?
Saying Tofu in different languages:
French – Tofu
Spanish – Tofu
Gujarati – તોફુ
Hindi – तोफू
Tofu originated in China, is a food made of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks. Its process is quite similar to how cheese is made.
Tofu is a very good food having many health benefits. In other side, there are some experts who advise to avoid Tofu as it is a genetically-modified poison!
Although genetically modified foods are controversial, research has so far not found them to be harmful to human health.
Tofu Has Many Nutrients:
100 Gram serving of Tofu contains:
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Carbs: 2 grams.
- Fiber: 1 gram.
- Fat: 4 grams.
- Manganese: 31% of the RDI (Recommended Dietary Intakes).
- Calcium: 20% of the RDI.
- Selenium: 14% of the RDI.
- Phosphorus: 12% of the RDI.
- Copper: 11% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 9% of the RDI.
- Iron: 9% of the RDI.
- Zinc: 6% of the RDI.
Tofu Also Contains Some Antinutrients:
Trypsin inhibitors: These compounds block trypsin, an enzyme needed to properly digest protein.
Phytates: Phytates can reduce the absorption of minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron.
Lectins: Lectins are proteins that can cause nausea and bloating when uncooked, improperly cooked or eaten in excess.
However, soaking or cooking soybeans can inactivate or eliminate some of these antinutrients.
- Tofu Contains Beneficial Isoflavones
- Tofu May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
- Tofu helps to Reduce the Risk of Some Cancers (Breast Cancer, Cancers of the Digestive System, Prostate Cancer)
- Tofu May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
- Helps in
- Bone Health
- Brain Function
- Menopause Symptoms
- Skin Elasticity
- Weight loss
- In short Tofu is a healthy food.