Now that we know that meat consumption shortens lives, should we be eating more plant-based sources of protein such as Tofu?
Some may underrate Tofu and see it just like a white block of proceeded soybean, but Tofu is a lot more than that. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient with many health benefits, which can be delicious if cooked the proper way.
Significant amount of nutrients
Tofu contains ten essential amino acids and other nutrients. In Asia, people believed that Tofu is a source of happiness, and this is not a blind assumption. According to some food research, Tofu has a high amount of Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Selenium, which help our body to produces “happy hormones.” Additionally, it also contains many vital nutrients like Copper, Iron, and Vitamin B1. If you want to lose weight and get in shape, Tofu is for you as it is an excellent source of protein while containing less fat and cholesterol than pork or beef. Due to all those benefits, Tofu is a must-have ingredient in any kitchen, especially for students.
Tofu was discovered thousands year ago
The Chinese invented the tofu about 2000 years ago. It is said that it was the result of an “accident” when a cook curdled soymilk.
Cancer vs. tofu
Have you ever wonder why Japanese people are famous for their healthiness and longevities? Besides the healthy lifestyle, the main reason behind this secret is their daily diet. Japanese consume Tofu almost every day, along with many other Soy products. The isoflavones present in Tofu help the body to protect from cancer, and this is why the cancer rate in Japan is much lower than the rate of western countries.
A “delicious way” to lose weight
Tofu has a lower amount of calories than meat (one half-cup of Tofu contains 10gr of protein, which equals to half of a chicken breast).
It contains much less fat than any meat (100gr of Tofu contains only 6gr of fat compared to 24gr of fat for pork or 17gr of fat for beef). Additionally, Tofu does not include saturated fat and cholesterol. At least, it fills your stomach, boosts your digest system and gets rid of toxins in your body.
Flavored Tofu – why not?
Many people believe that Tofu has not taste and is only for Vegan.
Wrong! From Asian Spicy Tofu to Burger Tofu, those white soy blocks milk became today a universal ingredient and plays a significant role in the world gastronomy.