Sunday, November 16, 2008
30 Days to a Greener Diet - Day 26
Try a Tofu Recipe (You Can Do It)
Bean Curd, Soy Protein — By Any Name, Tofu Is Full of Protein
Tofu was once considered a culinary oddity adored by tree huggers, but today it is consumed by many Americans — from 1992 to 2006, soy foods sales increased from $300 million to $3.9 billion — who have come to appreciate tofu’s health benefits and versatility. (You can’t find beef in firm and blended varieties, for use in both savory and sweet dishes, now can you?)
Tofu is made from soybeans, and soy foods have been proven to offer myriad health benefits. Tofu is packed with protein, but has fewer calories and fat than animal protein. It is full of B vitamins and is rich in iron and zinc. Soy protein has also been proven to help reduce bad cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.
In addition, you omnivore, it takes less energy, water and land to process and produce soy protein, so by substituting with bean curd you’re benefiting the environment, too. You don’t have to quit cold turkey (or cow); Try reducing your red meat consumption by rotating in tofu.