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.
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