Tofu is one of the few plant foods that contains just about every protein the body needs. On top of that, it has a lot of antioxidants, minerals and good fats. But it is healthy only if we do not overdo it.
Tofu originated in China and became popular in Europe and the United States in the 1960s, along with the hippie movement, which made people interested in both healthier and more exotic foods. Today, very exotic tofu is no more, but after a series of studies it has become clear that it is a food that belongs to the virtues. It is obtained from soy milk in a similar way as from ordinary cheese. It is a particularly interesting food because it is one of the few plant sources of protein that contains all the essential amino acids. These are amino acids that the body desperately needs to function, but cannot produce on its own.
It reduces the risk of breast cancer by a quarter
10 milligrams of soy a day, also in the form of tofu, has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as a quarter. It has such power due to the antioxidants isoflavones it contains. These have a similar structure to the female hormone estrogen and can therefore, when the body begins to lack it, to some extent replace its action. But beware, because of this action with the consumption of tofu, unless it is recommended to us after a review of hormones by a nutritionist, we should not overdo it.
For a healthy heart and beautiful skin and hair
In addition to protein and antioxidants, tofu is a good source of healthy unsaturated fats, vitamin B1 or tianin and a variety of minerals, especially calcium and iron. Because of this, it boasts a number of positive effects. It helps lower bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, keeps blood vessels healthy and flexible, prevents osteoporosis, provides more beautiful hair, nails, skin, and even a flatter abdomen. It helps maintain a healthy liver, relieves migraines, prevents the development of brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Attention, exaggeration is not healthy
So be sure to include tofu in your diet, but at the same time remember that it is not healthy to overdo it, just as it is not healthy to overdo it with any food. The so-called softer or silky tofu can be mixed into smoothies, soups, sauces and stews, the harder one can be cut into cubes, seasoned and fried like meat. You can then serve it in risottos, salads, with pasta.