For centuries now, tofu has played a major role in the Asian food market. It is only these past few years that it has penetrated the Western market, when vegetarians began using as a protein substitute.
Let’s jump right off to the health benefits of tofu. Soy protein helps lower the body’s blood cholesterol level by as much as 30%. It also reduces the level of bad cholesterol and lowers the risks of blood clotting, hearth disease and stroke.
Tofu is an excellent source of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and it is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which make it even more beneficial for your heart’s health.
Soft tofu can be incorporated in dips and soups, while the firm tofu variety can be stir-fried and mixed with your favorite salads and veggies. This centuries-old health food is definitely something that should be included in everyone’s diet – not just the vegetarians, so start digging in!