Tofu Cameron Carter ENG 1030-40 Clemson University

Background Information

Tofu is made from soybeans and is supposed to resemble meat in the nutritional content of it. It was originally created in Asia and it is used in a lot of their foods. When looking at meat(the traditional source of protein) and tofu, they have similar numbers in nutritional content.

This is what tofu is made from.

Currently, more people are starting to switch to eat tofu instead of eating the traditional source of protein. When asked why they are switching though, people give general statements and are not aware of the benefits tofu has to offer.

Benefits

Consumer Benefits

A person would think that tofu would be expensive, since it is a healthy alternative to meat. In reality, tofu is less expensive. This is due to the ingredients that they use to make it. People just need soybeans to make tofu.

For example, boneless chicken breasts cost an average of $3.27 per pound nationwide, while tofu sits around $2 to $2.50 per pound

For example, many people in India can't afford to bring home the traditional sources of protein, so they use tofu.

Also, tofu is well known around the world, so there is more of it in local grocery stores. It is convenient to switch to tofu, due to the many different types available.

The different varieties of tofu

Health Benefits

Many people do not know this, but tofu could be beneficial to a person’s health. It can prevent diseases and lower health risks in a person’s body. For example, tofu can help reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. On the other hand, meat can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are numerous studies that show how tofu affects different types of diseases.

In one experiment done by a man named Zowali, tofu helped decrease the risk of colon cancer.

Nutritional Benefits

Tofu has a good caloric value and it allows a person to be satisfied throughout the day. It has about an equal amount of nutritional benefits compared to the traditional source of protein. In fact, it's a complete protein, which means that it contains all eight essential amino acids.

This means that these two things have about the same nutritional content.

When looking at both tofu and the traditional source of protein, they have similar nutritional value, but tofu is more affordable and healthy for the consumer.

Works Cited:

Glover, Lacie. "4 Ways Vegetarian Living Can Help Your Wallet." U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report, 5 June 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.

Zowail, Mohamed E.M., et al. "The evidence for soybean products as cancer preventive agents." The Egyptian Journal of Hospital Medicine 48 (2012): 394+. Academic OneFile. Web. 30 Sept. 2016.

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