Tofu’s primary health benefits stem from its soybean base.
- Soybeans are very rich in protein, minerals and plant components called isoflavones, which act as a form of estrogen hormones in the body.
- Its combination of nutrients, coupled with tofu’s low sodium and fat content, delivers some significant health benefits for those who consume tofu regularly.
- Reduces risk of heart disease.
- Lower levels of cholesterol.
- Improves bone density and reduces risk of fractures.
- Decrease in the incidence of breast cancer and lung cancer.
- Tofu contains certain phytoestrogens, like isoflavones, genistein and diadzein, which are very helpful in alleviating the side effects associated with menopause, like hot flashes, and postmenopausal osteoporosis.
- The copper present in tofu helps in reducing the painful symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Along with manganese, copper also aids the production of an oxidative enzyme called superoxide dismutase.