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Studies show that regularly eating that much tofu provides an equivalent amount of energy, protein, total fat, carbohydrates, alcohol and fiber. Read more...

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Discovered over 2000 years ago by the Chinese, tofu is sometimes called "the cheese of Asia," because of its physical resemblance to a block of farmer's cheese. Tofu is a highly nutritious, protein-rich food that is made from the curds of soybean milk. Off-white in color, it is usually sold in rectangular blocks. Tofu is a staple in the cuisines of many Asian countries.

All the good news about tofu being a health-promoting food is true. Tofu is a very good source of protein, specifically soy protein, as well as numerous other nutrients necessary for good health. Tofu is also a great source for calcium and omega-3 fats.

Studies show that regularly eating that much tofu provides an equivalent amount of energy, protein, total fat, carbohydrates, alcohol and fiber. However, the main health benefits of tofu will show up in significantly lower total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipo-protein (bad cholesterol) for you if you eat tofu regularly instead of meat.

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- Silken tofu has a creamier texture than soft tofu and can be used to thicken up a smoothie or soup, or as a substitute for mayonnaise. In Japanese culture, silken tofu is typically eaten plain or with a splash of soy sauce.

- Soft tofu has a softer texture than firm tofu and tends to be lower in fat. This type of tofu is good as a substitute for cottage cheese and can be used in salads.

- Firm tofu has a solid texture and tends to be higher in fat. This tofu is good for grilling or baking.

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