The Benefits of Tofu: Alleviating Menopausal Symptoms and Lowering Cholesterol

2023-12-16 12:45:04

Soy protein contributes to alleviating menopausal symptoms and reducing cholesterol

Entered 2023.12.15 19:30 Views 10,463 Entered 2023.12.15 19:30 Modified 2023.12.15 18:17 Views 10,463 Tofu is a food rich in protein as much as eggs. .It is especially good for middle-aged women as it is rich in essential amino acids, calcium, and iron. [사진=게티이미지뱅크]

“What should I eat today?”… When meal time comes, I worry again. In times like this, let’s think of tofu. It can be eaten raw for diet or added as an ingredient in stews or soups. Tofu pancakes are a great, mouth-watering side dish. Tofu is a highly efficient and healthy food. Made from soybeans, it is high in protein, good for muscles, and low in calories, helping with weight control.

Vegetable protein that is easily digested and absorbed… ‘Tofu diet’?

Tofu is a cost-effective food that allows you to effectively consume vegetable protein. Half a head of tofu (about 100g) has only 84 kcal and more than 80% is water, so the ‘tofu diet’ was once popular. Since it is a diet food rich in protein, you can lose weight healthily. In particular, the digestion and absorption rate of soft tofu is as high as 95%, which greatly exceeds the 65% of regular beans. Tofu has more protein than soymilk made from the same soybeans.

Soy protein effects… Why is it especially good for middle-aged women?

Isoflavones, also called phytoestrogens (female hormones), are a type of soy protein. It helps alleviate menopausal symptoms in middle-aged women and plays a role in reducing cholesterol attached to blood vessel walls. Stroke (cerebral infarction-cerebral hemorrhage) increases significantly after menopause, and soy foods reduce the risk. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency recommends frequent consumption of legumes and whole grains in its cardiovascular prevention guidelines. Making tofu dishes without saltiness can help prevent vascular disease.

Helps with intestinal health and bowel movements… Metabolism and aging delay effect

Tofu is rich in minerals such as essential amino acids, calcium, and iron, which are good for slowing down metabolism and aging. Isoflavones promote the absorption of calcium, slowing bone damage and creating new bone tissue, contributing to the prevention of osteoporosis. It is rich in oligosaccharides, a dietary fiber, which is good for intestinal health and helps with bowel movements. When storing tofu for a long time, it is best to soak it in water. If you sprinkle a little salt into the water at this time, you can keep the fresh taste for a long time.

Tofu pancakes, tofu stew… Synergy effect with perilla oil and green onions

Let’s make tofu pancakes today. It is one of the easiest tofu dishes. All you need is eggs and pancake powder. You can add chopped carrots or chives, but you can leave them out if they’re too complicated. Adding perilla oil and sesame seeds increases the health benefits. The tofu stew with finely chopped green onions is also excellent. When added to pork, green onions inhibit the absorption of cholesterol into the body. Tofu dishes are an efficient and healthy food if you make them not too salty.

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