Lunch/dinner ideas, nutrition, nutrition advice, Uncategorized, Vegan food ideas

Tofu – Why eat it?

People who say they don’t like tofu, i just think…. You’ve havent eaten it the right way!

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Tofu is one of those foods which you can do so much with and flavour and marinate in so many different ways, just because you don’t like one style doesn’t mean you don’t like it prepared another way. You can eat tofu scramble, baked tofu, fried tofu, breaded and fried tofu, grilled, in desserts such as mousse or cheesecake, as tofu halloumi, make a tofu omelette,  in spring rolls, marinate in all different ways!

Tofu is a great food to eat for both vegans and non vegans, it’s rich in iron, calcium and protein (contains all 8 essential amino acids so is a complete protein source)!

Tofu is made from soya so if you are allergic to soya then tofu may not be the best option for you, but there are other great vegan protein options you can still eat. Also the debate where soya lowers testosterone and can unbalance your hormones or cause thyroid problems

Acccording to Jo Lewin – Associate Nutritionist, “Tofu contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones – a group of chemicals found in plant foods. They have a similar structure to the female hormone oestrogen and therefore mimic the action of oestrogen produced by the body. They naturally bind to oestrogen receptor sites in human cells including breast cells “. As oestrogen is the female hormone, some men don’t want too high soya intake. However it isn’t something you should worry about and unless you have a history of thyroid problems in your family you shouldn’t worry about consuming soya – but once again, everything in moderation, you don’t need to base 100% of your diet on soya!

Also a note: “Tofu and all soya products contain large amounts of oxalate. Individuals with a history of oxalate containing kidney stones should avoid over consuming soya products.  Women who have or have had oestrogen-sensitive breast tumours should restrict their soya intake to no more than four servings per week.” Source

My suggestion – incorporate tofu into your weekly diet and try different ways to eat it and see if you can find some way of preparing it that fits your tastebuds! It’s a way to get some vegan protein into you and hopefully limit your consumption of meat!!

Also, usually asian shops sell tofu cheaper than the standard food store, so check those out if you live close to one 🙂

What’s your favourite way to eat tofu? 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Tofu – Why eat it?”

    1. It’s so hard to describe the taste of tofu as it depends on the brand and whether it’s marinated or not. I personally like the non marinated one as well as the marinated one, but I would suggest buying a marinated tofu if it’s your first time trying tofu! 🙂 and buy a firm tofu as the soft one is usually for dessert. And no I don’t think it tastes like soya milk ☺

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