Tofu and its benefits

Tofu and its benefits

tofu_benefitsSoya products are being rated quite high on the nutritional front and has been a boon to people who are allergic to milk and its products.

Tofu is a kind of cheese made from soya milk. It is quite similar to cottage cheese or paneer. It is highly nutritious, rich in proteins and is free from saturated fats.

It is said to lower the bad cholesterol and helps to prevent heart disease. It is a boon for women going through the menopausal phase and helps to sail smoothly through this phase. It regulates the hormonal imbalance of estrogen levels in the body hence reducing the symptoms of menopause.

It improves bone health as it is rich in calcium and helps to prevent osteoporosis which is seen in women during menopause.

It is rich in minerals like iron which improves the hemoglobin levels in blood and also rich in other minerals like copper, manganese and last but not the least selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant and hence helps in reducing the levels of free radicals in the body and thereby prevents cancer.

Tofu can replace paneer as full fat paneer is high in saturated fats. This can be used in vegetable stirfry and also can be grated and added to soups, salads and sandwiches.

Tofu smoothies can be a good substitutes for expensive protein powders for those who are into muscle building or those who want to gain weight.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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