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5 reasons why tofu is good for your health

Tofu contains high amounts of proteins, zero cholesterols, and low amounts of carbs which can offer you with several health benefits.

Most of us have this misconception that only lean meat can provide proteins to our body. What we fail to count in is the wonder food called tofu. It is one the most nutritious food items which has ample amounts of proteins minus the fat content that comes from eating meat.

Made from curdled soybean milk, tofu is pale white in colour and resembles little blocks of paneer. It contains isoflavones that reduce bad cholesterol levels in our body thus preventing cardiovascular diseases. Tofu is also an excellent source of iron which helps in the making of haemoglobin. It is indeed a perfect food due to its composition. It has high amounts of proteins, zero cholesterols, and low amounts of carbs. It also has high amounts of calcium and vitamin E. Here s a list of problems tofu will keep at bay when consumed on a regular basis.

Heart disease

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Tofu has been known to lower the risk of heart disease. It can reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol in your body which in turn can boost your cardiovascular health [1].

Cancer

Tofu being a good source of selenium a mineral needed by the body for the proper functioning of the antioxidant system - protects our system from colon cancer[2]. Men can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by eating tofu. According to studies, women who consume good amounts of tofu are 60% less likely to have high risk breast tissues than women who eat less amounts or do not eat tofu.

Menopause

Tofu has a high dose of calcium content which is required by women when they hit menopause. It helps reduce hot flashes, prevent the high bone-loss risk related to menopause. It is also effective in preventing rheumatoid arthritis. It is also helpful during pre-menopausal stage when there is an imbalance in the oestrogen levels.

Ageing

Another benefit of eating tofu regularly is that it slows down the ageing process considerably. Tofu helps retain the elasticity of the skin and tones the facial muscles which in turn prevents ageing. Making a paste of tofu and applying it on your face is also a good idea as it nourishes the skin.

Hair loss

The human hair is primarily made of a protein called keratin. By eating tofu, your hair gets the required protein to produce hair more and keep the existing ones healthy. Instead of splurging on expensive treatments, add tofu to your daily diet to solve hair loss issues. Here are some home remedies for weight loss that really work.

Tofu is one of the best sources of protein for vegans (people who do not eat meat or milk products) and vegetarians, so stock up lots of it and reap in its benefits.

Cooking tofu can be a challenge. Here are a few tips.

  • Make sure you press the water out of the tofu block before you start cooking. Keep the block between paper towels and place a bowl on top of it. This will drain out the water from it.
  • Tofu disintegrates easily so add it to your dish in the end and saute it for less time. Cut it into little chunks before adding it to your dish.

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References:

[1] Rahilly-Tierney CR, Lawler EV, Scranton RE, Michael Gaziano J. Low-density lipoprotein reduction and magnitude of cardiovascular risk reduction. PrevCardiol. 2009 Spring;12(2):80-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7141.2008.00018.x. PubMedPMID: 19476581.

[2] Vinceti M, Dennert G, Crespi CM, Zwahlen M, Brinkman M, Zeegers MP, HorneberM, D'Amico R, Del Giovane C. Selenium for preventing cancer.CochraneDatabaseSystRev.2014Mar30;3:CD005195.doi:10.1002/14651858.CD005195.pub3. Review. PubMed PMID: 24683040.

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