Is tofu Safe?
Few of my friends had huge doubts about consumption of TOFU. Few were even questioning “Why does a healthy blogger like you advocate Tofu Usage?”. Very honestly I am not promoting usage of tofu daily. Please read through this to know about tofu completely. Tofu is basically from soy milk and is said to be an alternative to cows milk. It is similar to paneer or cottage cheese. It is a rich source of proteins and fibers. It is heart friendly as it reduces LDL cholesterol. It is said to reduce the chances of cancer , diabetes and improves bone health. It is nutrient dense. After a lot of reading all that I would conclude about tofu consumption is It is safe it is not processed/genetically modified and moderately used. And all the controversies or cons of soy is only with the genetically modified and processed soy products. Natural soy bean as such or unprocessed tofu will do no harm.It can be a rare ingredient. For example both of the guest posts recipe creators would have used tofu only when I had called for the contest in this year and I had used it only once in all 5 years(29 years) in my tofu burji recipe. So moderation is the key. Every food has its own pros and cons.Do what suits your body the best . Prefer organic soy products to stay safe. If you have soy allergy please avoid tofu. The presence of isoflavones, a naturally occurring plant compound that is present is all forms of soy, including organic soy, which is a type of phytoestrogen is the major reason behind all controversies .But this compound is also found in many of our daily staples like legumes.These are based on the experts/scientists/researchers views.So “Moderation is the key” with such type of ingredients if you doubt the usage. This tofu is not recommended for babies/people with Soy protein allergy and people who are suffering from thyroid and breast cancer. You can replicate the same recipe with paneer if you fear the usage of tofu. Hope this helps.
- Firm tofu – 1 slice /200 gms
- Small onions -15 no’s
- Tomato- 1 no, chopped nicely
- Ginger garlic paste- 1 tablespoon
- Chilli powder – 1 to 1.5 teaspoon ( I used Kashmiri chilly)
- Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon m
- Fennel powder-1/2 teaspoon
- Turmeric- 1 to 2 inches
- Salt – as per taste
- Chopped green chilly – 1 no( finely chopped)
- Coconut milk- 2 tablespoon
- Mustard, urad dal, curry leaves – tempering
- Coconut oil – 3 tablespoon
- Banana leaves – cleaned
1.Measure and keep all the ingredients ready.
Notes:Skip the salt for babies less than one year.Please check for Soy Allergy before including tofu in your food.
Always have a word with your paediatrician before offering any new food to your babies.
Please consider the family history of allergies before trying any new food. (Soy Allergy)
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