Turns out, most of us have been adding tofu to our diets without even really knowing what it is.
Seriously, “What is tofu?” is one of the most searched phrases on the internet!
But beyond knowing that it’s protein-packed, loaded with calcium, and a great meat-alternative for vegetarians and vegans, do you really know what tofu is?
In the interest of full disclosure, we didn’t really either (and it’s sorta our jobs!).
So, what is tofu?
Tofu (otherwise known as bean curd) is a made by compressing a combination of soybeans, water, and a coagulating agent into white blocks. The result: a calcium and protein rich food product that is subtle in flavor and varies in consistency (from soft to extra-firm) based on the compression.
Tofu has been a staple in Asian diets for centuries (it’s said to have originated in China about 2,000 years ago!) and is quickly catching on as a staple in Western diets too – especially for vegetarians and vegans. And while some controversy exists over tofu, it’s primarily centered around genetically modified soy beans, which, an a savvy shopper, you can avoid. On the plus side, a diet rich in organic, non-gmo tofu has actually been connected with lower rates of heart disease (the number one killer of women in the United States) and some even suggest it can help prevent cancer.
Regardless, now you at least know what tofu is!