Why Tofu Isn’t Just For Vegetarians
Tofu. The very word can make a lot of people get the creepy crawlies on their skin;Â if they don’t know anything about it that is. But it’s not just some white gelatinousÂ food item that exists for the consumption of vegetarians. There are loads of reasonsÂ why tofu should be consumed by everyone, and there are some awesome recipesÂ that can make tofu tastes out of this world as well. Read on to be wowed by thisÂ protein that (no matter hard he tries) just can’t get no respect in the-meat eatingÂ world.
Healthy-heart protein: Tofu is known primarily as a meat replacement becauseÂ of its protein properties. On a daily basis, humans should eat around 150 g of leanÂ meat, so in order to get this amount of protein from tofu, you have to eat a bit moreÂ overall (around 290 g). But the difference, you’re getting a much healthier source ofÂ protein because it’s low in cholesterol. It can even lower your cholesterol..
If you have high cholesterol problems, getting to be best friends with tofu is a goodÂ idea. And after eating tofu for awhile, your triglycerides levels and lipoprotein levelsÂ will lower (this is bad cholesterol). Also, unlike animal based proteins, tofu can lowerÂ your risk of atherosclerosis, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Eating twoÂ grams of it daily can even help your body reduce the cholesterol it absorbs by moreÂ than 10% from other unhealthy foods. And don’t forget, tofu also has plenty ofÂ omega-3 fatty acids.
Benefits for the ladies: Tofu is supremely healthy for the ladies and this is becauseÂ of the isoflavones compounds it has. They’re known to directly effect scavenge freeÂ radicals, which means they can help prevent premature aging. Also, phytoestrogensÂ are found in soy products, which have been known to help neutralize humanÂ estrogen (and are linked to decreasing bone loss during menopause).
Also, tofu is rich in B-vitamins, iron and it contains a ton of calcium. Calcium ofÂ course helps prevent of osteoporosis. And another boon for the ladies, it helpsÂ reduce the risk of osteoporosis and breast cancer. It’s a win-win situation all becauseÂ of a little tofu. You can’t beat that.
Great for digestive problems: And if you’re one of those people who has ongoingÂ digestive problems, tofu is a wonderful thing to eat. Since, during its manufacturingÂ process the soybean’s fiber is removed, this makes tofu incredibly easy to digest andÂ therefore a very friendly food item for your digestive system.
Unbelievably delicious tofu recipes: Now that you know the health benefitsÂ of tofu, the next step is making it yourself, and one of the most popular ways toÂ make tofu tastes really good – frying it up. Getting it a bit crispy is a great wayÂ to make it seem more like an animal protein. The recipe, Crispy marinated tofuÂ (http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipe/crispy-marinated-tofu-cutlets.aspx), is oneÂ you’ll definitely want to write down. Also, another awesome way to eat tofu is on aÂ sandwich. A TLT: Tofu, lettuce, tomato sandwiches can be delicious, especially if youÂ use a unique spread, like a zesty mayo.
And remember, fresher is always better when cooking with tofu. Try checking outÂ local Asian grocery stores to see if they have tofu that’s been made in the last fewÂ days. It will have more flavor and will cook loads better.