A Look at Superfoods: Tofu

tofuSuperfoods: Tofu

A look at Tofu

TRIVIA

  • Tofu contains all 8 essential amino acids
  • Tofu’s first recorded use is 2000 years ago in the Han Dynasty
  • Tofu is made from bean curds, similar to how cheese is made
  • One acre of soybeans can produce 82, 368 crayons
  • Half of the worlds soybeans are grown in the USA
  • Tofu takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Eating Tofu:

  • Lowers LDL
  • Has antioxidant properties which may reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Can decrease bone loss and increase mineral density during menopause
  • High in Phytonutrients
  • Is beneficial to the prostrate and does not put men at risk
  • Improves digestion

 

Calcium – Helps maintain and form healthy teeth and bones, helps with blood clotting, sending and receiving nerve signals, muscle health,  helps keep a steady heartbeat, helps with the release of certain hormones

Iron – Required for the production of red blood cells, helps take oxygen to all the cells of your body, binds with carbon dioxide to take it back to the lungs, plays an important role in the production of enzymes, contributes to normal cognitive function and immunity.

Magnesium –  Is important for muscle function and health, improves energy, and regulates of calcium, potassium, and sodium.

Protein – Protein serves as building blocks for muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hormones,  and enzymes.  They increases satiety helping us feel more full.

Potassium – Potassium,  Helps the heart, kidneys, cells, digestive system, muscles, and regulates flood balance and blood pressure.  Potassium has may help reduce the risk of stroke.

Manganese – Benefits bone formation, balance of sex hormones,  important in thyroid function, absorption of calcium, metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, helps the immune system, and is important to function of connective tissues.

Selenium –  Our bodies need only trace amounts, but it plays an important role of preventing cellular damage from free radicals and supports a strong immune system

Phosphorus – Works closely with calcium for health bones and teeth, is necessary to make protein for growth and repair of cells, important for muscle contractions, steady heartbeat,  helps the body make ATP.


RECIPES

Tofu Recipes: Easy Tofu Snacks to Make All Week – Huffington Post

Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce – Food and Wine Magazine

BBQ Tofu Wings – Forks Over Knives

Agave Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry – Purple Carrot

General Tso’s Tofu Stir-Fry – The Minimalist Baker


A look at Superfoods

What is a Superfood?  A superfood is defined as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being – Mcmillian Dictionary.

Dr. William Sears, in his book Prime Time Health, describes Superfoods as:

  • Nutrient Dense
  • Nutrients that have proven benefits
  • Made by nature, not a factory
  • Taste good & satisfying
  • May be able to be prepared in a variety of ways
  • Contains no ingredients harmful to health

While we receive vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fats from our foods, some foods have been proven to provide extra health benefits, these foods are the superfoods. They have properties that  may be anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and anti-Alzheimer, lower highs, and raise lows in our body.

Let’s be clear, when I say superfood I do not mean magical foods that cure-all, nor do I  mean a diet consisting of one food, like the old “Grapefruit Diet”.  The truth is, that these foods work best when part of a healthy, whole food, plant-based diet full of variety and by diet I mean lifestyle eating habits, not a short-term solution.  Just eat food that rots, but eat it before it does!


Sources

Inflammation Solution By Dr. William Sears copyright 2015

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-tofu

http://www.nasoya.com/tofu-u/classroom/soybean-fun-facts


Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

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