Benefits of Tofu/SoyBean

By vaughn6500 Latest Reply 2011-11-04 07:14:41 -0500
Started 2011-11-02 06:02:24 -0500

Many have preconceived notions about a squishy, white block of soybean curd, but there is no misconception about the health benefits the powerhouse food provides. The value of tofu's influence is found within a variety of issues from aging to bone density, and heart function to cancer risks.
Meat Substitute
Tofu is an essential alternative for those who cut down on or eliminate meat from their diets. Choosing to become a vegan or vegetarian is a personal decision often guided by a desire for better health, and meat substitutes as a fortifying protein source are the foundation for many who choose this lifestyle, according to Leo Galland, M.D., in Health Benefits of Tofu. The texture of tofu in its various forms and flavors makes it a perfect replacement for dishes such as lasagna, enchiladas, stroganoff and even sushi.
Healthful Properties
When eaten regularly, tofu has been found to lower bad cholesterol, reduce menopausal symptoms, decrease cancer risks, strengthen older bones and help prevent premature aging. According to Galland, it is also a good source of vitamin E, calcium, energy, total fat, carbohydrates, fiber and isoflavones, which scavenge free radicals responsible for deteriorating cellular function. At the same time, however, recent studies suggest that tofu may shrink brain size, increase cancer risks and estrogen levels both in men and women, and decrease male testosterone.
Tofu assumes flavor profiles of the foods it's cooked with, making it much easier for people to reap the health benefits of this otherwise tasteless soybean curd. Tofu, which comes in soft, firm and extra firm, can be broiled, fried, baked, grilled, pureed, scrambled and frozen. Freezing the firm variety gives it a chicken-like texture when thawed, making it perfect for casseroles and other hearty recipes. Silkier varieties make creamy soups, sauces, dressings and desserts.
Tofu may be especially beneficial for diabetics, because it is a complete protein that enables better regulation of sugar levels. Diabetics who are not fond of tofu owe it to themselves to have it prepared by someone familiar with its versatility.

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jayabee52 2011-11-02 06:32:20 -0500 Report

As a certified Nurse Aide I had a patient ( now a good friend) who used Tofu and asked me to use it in cooking meals for her. sometimes I ate it with her when invited. I stopped doing that when I learned that chemicals in soy products, including Tofu mimicked estrogen.

Here is an article from Men's health magazine men and women who love their men please see:

Web MD gives plusses and minuses to the injestion of soy products: (check through the tabs at the top of the article)

And this bad news from Dr Mercola about soy and Alzheimers (registration or login may be required):

So I find there is a misconception that is afoot in the popular culture about the ABSOLUTE healthfulness of Tofu.

So I will NOT follow popular culture and unthinkingly consume soy as a matter of course.

What you choose to do is, of course, up to you.

(and I say this as a boy who grew up on a farm which raised soybeans, and chewed them up raw!)

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