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Is tofu healthy?

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Tofu can have certain health benefits, providing many nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Similarly, tofu is low in calories, gluten-free and contains phytoestrogens and genistein, which are compounds called isoflavones. Recent research studies suggest that these isoflavones can potentially lower the risk factor for some types of cancer, such as prostate and breast cancer, as noted by Medical News Today.

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Consuming moderate amounts of tofu may be beneficial for heart health because it may lower LDL cholesterol. These isoflavones can also lower the risk of other diseases, such as liver damage and osteoporosis.

Tofu is a plant-based food derived from soybean milk. The making of tofu involves the curdling of soy milk that is then pressed and formed into solid blocks. Tofu is popular in Asian cuisine. It is a good source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

However, people should consume tofu in moderation, especially those who have kidney stones, because tofu contains oxalate. Because tofu also has phytoestrogen, women with estrogen sensitive tumors should consume soya products in moderation.

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