Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food prepared by pressing coagulated soy milk into flat white blocks. It is known to be a power-packed food substitute for meat for vegetarians and vegans all around the world. With all eight essential amino acids that are required by the human body packed in it, tofu is considered to be a ‘complete food’ for a healthy diet.
Warrior of Time
With constant exposure to free radicals, our skin is prone to dwindle in the level of collagen and hence, lose its rebound ability. With the vitamin E, calcium and protein that are vital to creating skin cells, tofu thus beholds the ability to decelerate loss of skin elasticity and the depletion of collagen.
Preventer of Osteoporosis
Rich in both potassium and calcium, tofu is one superfood that does wonders for your bone health. Calcium is a key ingredient in bone formation, which makes it a great preventer of osteoporosis. This soft, sponge-like food is surely great to add into the diet for elderly people who are at high risk of getting osteoporosis.
Slayer of Snacking
Lower in calories and packed with protein, this makes tofu the slayer of snacking and your best friend to help you lose weight. With its low-calorie count, you are able to fill yourself up with a larger volume of it. It would keep you full for a longer period of time and hence, the urge to reach out to your snack pile would be reduced.
Get those luscious locks that you always see in shampoo commercials with tofu. The protein that it is packed and loaded with is a specific one called keratin. Keratin makes up 91 percent of your hair fibre. This means you can move away from those expensive, chemical-filled hair treatments and start including tofu in your meals! Keratin is essential for hair growth, which also helps impede hair loss.
Iron Man & Woman
Tofu has a good amount of copper, iron and manganese. This trio works hand in hand for your body to absorb one another. They are essential for your body to function and can help boost your energy levels.
Iron is a quintessential mineral that is required for producing haemoglobin in your red blood cells, which helps prevent anaemia. With 100 g of tofu slipped into your meal, 30 percent of your daily iron requirement is banked in.
Breezing Through Menopause
If you are going through menopause and are having hot flashes, tofu may just be what you need to breeze through it. Organic compounds called isoflavones are found in tofu. They are plant-based compounds that mimic the oestrogen hormone in the body. Isoflavones help manage the symptoms of menopause in women by stabilising the oestrogen levels during the process.
In the available selection of foods high in protein for a vegetarian or vegan diet, tofu and soy products like tempeh rank the highest. They are great and delicious alternatives to meat and would make a great veggie patty for a burger too!
Tofu may not be as flavourful as meat, but its ability to sponge up the flavour from the ingredients and sauces that you are cooking it with, makes it popular as an ingredient in many cuisines. Apart from absorbing the tasty sauces, its sponge-like property contributes to soaking up oil and other food fatty acids in the digestion process. It is also low in cholesterol and hence, with the sponge-like property, helps to lower your cholesterol level.
Keeping your Figure
As mentioned above, tofu is low in calories and cholesterol. It has less low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol, than meat too. Thus swapping the usual meat option for tofu on a regular basis can help you with your weight loss plan in the long run.
All Things in Moderation
Just like every other food, consuming tofu in moderation is key. An overload of tofu may cause as much harm to your body as the benefits it can offer to you. Overeating tofu may cause gut damage like kidney stone and liver issues, due to some of the genetically modified ingredients used to produce them.
Considering adding tofu to your diet but don’t like the taste in its original form? You can enjoy its benefits with this delicious, quick and easy cheesecake:
What You’ll Need:
- 350 g of extra firm tofu, drained and cubed
- 1¼ cups of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1½ cups of finely ground graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons of melted butter or margarine
Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter or margarine until well blended. Next, press the crust mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and get started on the cheese filling. In a blender or food processor, combine tofu, sugar, vanilla, salt, olive oil and lemon juice till smooth. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove when the cake gets to a slight golden brown. Remove from oven to cool and refrigerate it until it is chilled. Garnish with your choice of berries or a sprig of mint and enjoy!