Tofu, An Asian soy-based food that is full of protein and is in many of the Asian foods we eat.
According to the NY Times, a 3 oz portion of Tofu is full of essential amino acids that include proteins we all require, as well as B vitamins, healthy unsaturated fatty acids, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
While there are concerns regarding isoflavones, plant-based compounds that are structurally similar to the hormone estrogen which is thought may give men more feminine characteristics. This concern often links Tofu to cancer.
The truth is these concerns are unfounded and that Soy foods are actually good for our heart and metabolic health.
Check out what the NY Times has to say about tofu.
Is Tofu Good for You?
Concerns about soy foods like tofu have been raised in the past. Here’s what the research and experts say.
By Alice Callahan Published April 4, 2023
Q: I’ve heard conflicting stories about tofu. It’s either a great source of protein or loaded with estrogen and therefore unhealthy. Which is true?
If tofu and other soy foods were interviewing for a spot in your weekly meal rotation, they would offer an impressive résumé of nutrition credentials.
A three-ounce serving of tofu, for instance, can provide between four and 14 grams of protein (depending on the style), including all nine of the essential amino acids.
It also supplies B vitamins, healthy unsaturated fatty acids and minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron, said Amy Bragagnini, a dietitian and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.