Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. ...Hippocrates
What is Tofu?
Tofu is a soy bean product made by curdling fresh soymilk. Tofu is also known as bean curd or soy cheese, perhaps because it looks like cheese.
Nutritional value of tofu
Soybean or Tofu nutrtion is well studied and appreciated, especially among people keen to avoid meat products. Tofu/soybean is rich in protein, unsaturated fat, and a good source of calcium, iron, phytoestrogens. The protein in tofu or soybean is complete with all the amino acids, which makes soybean protein comparable to animal protein. The fat in tofu or soybean is mostly polyunsaturated fat (54% of the total fat), and monounsaturated fat (23 % of the total fat. Tofu/soybean is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Tofu or soybean is cholesterol and lactose free. However, tofu is low in dietary fiber.
Health benefits of tofu / soybean
Obviously, the good nutritional content explains for the health benefit from eating tofu or soybean. Below are its potential health benefits:
Samples of easy tofu recipes:
Below are recipes on how to make tofu Marinada and tofu cheesecake:
Tofu Marinade: The ingredients
How to cook tofu cheesecake
Topping can be added by mixing 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup powdered sugar and spreading on top of cooled cheesecake. (source: Illinois center for soy foods)
Tofu nutritional facts: list of nutrients and their content
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Protein: Health benefit, Digestion, and Deficiency
Food Protein Sources: Animal and Vegetable Sources High or Low in Protein
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