Tofu, also known as bean curd or soybean curd, is a delicate, soft
and cheese-like food that packs a whole lot of nutrients and goodness.
Tofu is believed to originate from ancient China,
and was subsequently introduced to Korea, Japan and other parts
of East Asia.
It is entirely plant-based, hence a suitable food
How is tofu made?
Essentially, tofu is made from soy milk, which is derived from soybeans.
Usually, tofu manufacturers soak, grind and boil fresh soybeans
to obtain the soy milk. Coagulants, which can vary from salts to
acids to enzymes, are then added to the soymilk to curd it. The
curdling soy milk is then pressed to eliminate excess water.
What are the nutritional values in tofu?
Seemingly simple, tofu is considered by many as one of the most
nutritious products in the food universe. Tofu is high in protein,
vitamin B and iron. It can also be a very good source of calcium,
depending on the coagulant used. Finally, it is easy on the waist
as it is usually low in fat and low in sodium.
What are the potential health benefits
of eating tofu?
According to the Soya Handbook, studies have found that soya-based
diets can prevent osteoporosis, or the loss of bones. It also reduces
the risk of several types of cancer like breast, prostate and colon
The Soya Handbook also said that there is evidence
to suggest that having soya protein in diets will lower blood cholesterol.
It is also helpful in managing renal disease and diabetes mellitus.
In 1999, the US Food and Drug Administration approved
the health claim that 25g of soya protein a day, as part of a diet
low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart