Let’s talk tofu

Tofu is a primary ingredient in many vegetarian or vegan diets and is a great way to add protein to your meal. The best part about Tofu is its versatility. It can be served hot or cold and has an amazing capacity to take on the flavours of the recipe it is prepared with.

Tofu, like many soya foods, originated in China. Legend has it that tofu was discovered when a Chinese cook accidentally curdled soymilk when he added nigari seaweed about 2000 years ago!

A good all-rounder, Tofu has many nutritional goodies including:

1. All eight amino acids; isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
2. Protein
3. Iron
4. Calcium
5. Manganese
6. Selenium
7. Phosphorus
8. Magnesium
9. Copper
10. Zinc
11. Vitamin B1

Did you know there are many different types of Tofu? Here are some varieties you might like to try:

Silken Seasoned tofu Tofu skin
Regular Tofu a la minute
Pre-cooked and ready to eat
Tofu skin
Firm Smoked tofu Tofu sticks
Extra firm Fermented tofu Tofu puffs
Super firm Pressed tofu Tofu pockets

Important note:
If you have a history of oxalate containing kidney stones, or women who have or have had oestrogen-sensitive breast tumours, you should avoid large amounts of tofu and other soy products in your diet. We suggest restricting your intake to no more than three servings per week as tofu and other soy products contain large amounts of oxalate. As always consult a medical professional.

Published on 2 July 2018



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