What is Tofu and What are Its Benefits?

Is tofu good for you? There are lots of conflicting articles about whether tofu is actually healthy or not. You will find several articles on soy, and most of them don’t say the same thing. But the fact is: soy products may work for some bodies and perhaps not for others. 

Natural Naughties suggests that when reintroducing new foods, follow a "trial and error" plan. I personally only have soy products occasionally – when I feel like eating some vegan-based food, experimenting in the kitchen, and when I like the taste.

There are also some special cases regarding the consumption of tofu:
  • Hormonal imbalances - There are some articles and some research suggesting that tofu is not so good for people with hormonal imbalances. I opt to limit my soy due to a history of PCOS. Read these articles:
  • Vegans and soy - Many vegans consume tofu as a substitute for chicken, fish or other animal sources of protein due to its relatively high protein content for a vegan food. If tofu does not agree with you, there are other vegan-based options too.

When do you buy tofu? 
I aim to buy good quality tofu that is organic and contains mostly soy beans. Many soy products contain additional ingredients that are unnecessary. Always read labels. 

There are a few variations of tofu:
  • Firm tofu - I prefer to use this tofu in savory dishes such as stir-fry meals and curries.
  • Silken tofu - This tofu is a lot softer than other types of tofus. The soft texture is perfect for blending in shakes creating sweet desserts or using for dips.
Basic Tofu Recipes:


Berry Tofu Cupcakes
Ingredients:
8 eggwhites
50 grams tofu
1/2 cup berries
4 tablespoons oat flour
48 walnuts
Cinnamon
stevia
*raw honey to serve
Directions:
Process the ingredients in a high speed blender.
Pour into cupcake liners.
Bake on low medium heat until the cupcakes are firm.
Allow to cool.

Silken tofu cream
Ingredients:
400 grams silken tofu
2 cups berries
1/2 cup coconut milk
cinnamon
Directions:
Process the ingredients in a high speed blender.
Serves 4