Tofu is low-fat, high protein, high in iron, and 100 percent vegan. But the soy-based meat-alternative has a variety of other health benefits too.
The benefits of tofu
Tofu has been given a bad rap throughout the years, but now this soy-based protein is enjoying a new popularity, as health-conscious consumers are turning away from meat and looking for plant-based alternatives to add to their daily meals. Want to love it? Let these health facts convince you to become a fan of tofu.
Eating soy does not increase breast cancer risk, but actually lowers it
Many people mistakenly believe soy can raise breast cancer risk, or impact the recurrence of breast cancer. Here’s why: Soy is a uniquely rich source of isoflavones, the naturally occurring plant chemicals that are classified as phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), and in one lab test on mice, isoflavones stimulated the growth of tumors. Yet there are flaws in assuming that soy creates this effect in humans. “Not only do mice metabolize isoflavones differently than humans, but isoflavones also differ from the hormone estrogen,” says Mark Messina, Ph.D., M.S., president of Nutrition Matters in Pittsfield, Mass., adding that clinical studies show that neither soy foods nor isoflavones increase breast cancer risk and appear to lower it.
A quick on line research into Tofu has shown so many benefits to using Soy. this along with how versatile the food is allows it to be a staple in any good vegan food program.
Tofu has no flavor of its own allowing a versatility in seasoning most foods do not have. Keep an eye on my Cooking Classes as I will show more ways to use this yummy food in simple tasty dishes.