To prevent illness and be healthy, always ensure a healthy diet, but also seek to know the origin of each food. Indeed, some may undergo several transformations before landing on your plate.
Tofu: a healthy food?
Tofu is a soybean-derived food. Soybeans are crushed in water so as to obtain a paste that will be filtered to obtain soy milk. Soy milk will be then mixed with a coagulant called nigari, a natural form of magnesium chloride from sea water which gives the solid form of tofu. Tofu is highly prized for its protein, dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids content. However, is it really good for the body?
To understand the effect of tofu on the health, we must return to the original food, soybeans. Soybeans contain a fairly high amount of protein that helps to prevent disorders such as diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disorders.
Some studies have suggested that soy contains a significant amount of phyto-estrogens, whose chemical composition is similar to that of female sex hormones, including estradiol, one of three estrogen hormones. This phyto-estrogen content could affect the hormones and disrupt the endocrine system.
In 2008, after conducting several studies, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that excessive consumption of soy could cause some health problems, including:
Disrupt the lactation system in nursing mothers
Affect the sperm health and reduce their amount
Weaken the immune system and prevent the body from absorbing certain proteins that allow the body to defend against certain allergies (pollen for example)
Furthermore, some people may be allergic to this ingredient. If this is the case, the soy can cause these symptoms:
- Respiratory disorders
- Digestive disorders
- A drop in blood pressure
So, soybeans: good or bad?
Several scientific studies have been conducted to see if soy is really dangerous. The results are controversial. This leaves a lot of research to be done to know for certain …
Therefore, it is advisable to moderate your intake of soy in general. You can add it to your meals, but it is recommended to consume it one to two times a week maximum.
Alternatively, you can turn to other sources of protein, such as poultry, fish or eggs. Follow a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system and prevent disease.