Tofu is made of soybeans that are curdled and pressed into tight blocks, similar to making cheese. Tofu contains nigari, which is the liquid that is left over after extracting salt from sea water. Nigari helps give tofu its block shape, texture, and is also extremely beneficial as it is rich in minerals.
Depending on which type you buy, tofu may be fortified with vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and Vitamin B12. We suggest buying organic tofu—as often soybean crops are contaminated with chemicals and fertilizers, and most crops are genetically modified.
Is Tofu Healthy?
Not only is tofu a great source of protein, it is also packed with calcium, selenium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. What it lacks in fiber it makes up for in mineral content.
Unlike many animal sources of protein, tofu is low in saturated fat and is a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. It’s also a great low-carb protein option for vegetarians or vegans wanting to watch their intake.
But Isn’t Soy Bad for You?
Soy often gets a bad rap for containing phytoestrogens—the plant form of estrogen—which some believe can negatively impact hormone function and increase risk for certain types of cancer. However, many studies show the opposite to be true.
Consuming unprocessed forms of soy—plus the minimally processed tofu—is actually linked to a reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancer. It can even alleviate symptoms of menopause and help lower cholesterol levels.
Soy is also void of saturated fat, which is linked to an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions when consumed in excess. Replacing some animal proteins with plant versions like tofu and other soy products could do wonders for your overall health.
At the Grind
Here at The Grind, we offer an AMAZING Tofu Sesame Burger. It comprises of crumbled tofu with sesame seed and spring onion pan friend patty served on a black roll with lettuce and avocado.