An unexpected way to maximize the health effect of tofu?

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Tofu is a common healthy food around us. Eat it raw or put it in stew or soup. It can be used in various dishes such as pancakes and salads. Because it is made from soybeans, it is especially good after the age of 40, when muscle loss is progressing due to its high protein. Let’s find out how to increase the health effect of tofu.

◆ Freezing tofu… “Protein increases 6 times”

Freezing tofu has better health effects. According to the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, when tofu is frozen, moisture escapes through holes in the surface. At this time, the protein particles in the tofu are condensed, increasing the protein content by 6 times. After thawing the frozen tofu to drain the moisture, if you put it in stew or stew, the seasoning will soak into it and the taste will be better. When washing tofu, wash the whole tofu several times under running water.

◆ Losing weight… Foods that provide protein, calcium and iron

Tofu is excellent for digestion and absorption and low in calories, so it is good for diet. The caloric content of half tofu (about 100g) is only about 84kcal. Since more than 80% is water, it gives a feeling of satiety and prevents overeating of other foods. Tofu is also beneficial for bone health. Many isoflavones in soybean, a raw material, promote calcium absorption, slowing bone damage and creating new bone tissue. Helps prevent osteoporosis in middle-aged and elderly people.

◆ Rich in oligosaccharides, a dietary fiber… help relieve constipation

Tofu is a protein food rich in minerals such as amino acids, calcium, and iron, which are essential for the body’s metabolism and growth. Tofu is rich in oligosaccharides, a dietary fiber, so if you eat a lot, the amount of stool increases and bowel movements improve. Helps relieve constipation symptoms. It also helps prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, and has the effect of slowing down aging.

◆ synergy with health food… How about onion tofu?

Prepare onion and tofu and add seasoning such as chives, red pepper, minced garlic, and soy sauce. Cut the onion in half, leaving 3 layers of edges, and dig out the inside by making a deep cross cut inside. Chop the dug up onion coarsely, mash the tofu and squeeze out the water. Add chopped onion, tofu, and seasoning and mix to make the ingredients. After filling the onion with ingredients, put it in a steamer with steam and steam for 10 minutes, then add red pepper and chives and steam for another 3 to 5 minutes. Put it in a bowl and pour the seasoning sauce over it to finish.

◆ How to choose tofu well… Check the nutrition label and check the date

Recently, the market for processed tofu from large corporations is growing. As in the past, the traditional method of making tofu by small companies is gradually decreasing. For tofu that has passed through the factory, quality control is life. Read the nutrition label on the outer packaging carefully and check the manufacturing and expiration dates. If the tofu is to be stored for a long time, it is better to soak it in water. Sprinkle a little salt on the water to keep it fresh for a long time.

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