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Why Tofu?

High Protein, Low Calories

Grams per 4 oz. serving of San Diego Soy Tofu.

Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Sodium 15 mg
Potassium 135 mg
Total carb less than 1
Dietary fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 17 g
Calories 150
Fat calories 80
Isoflavons 223 mg
Calories 138

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grams per 8 oz. serving of Soy Milk

Protein 4.5
Fat 1.4
Carbohydrates 2.0
Calories 39

 

 

 

Helps lower Cholesterol levels

Soy protein is a potent weapon against cholesterol. Doctors generally recommend that people do what they can to keep cholesterol levels below 200 milligrams per deciliter and under 180 when possible.

"It's great news that something as simple as soy protein is effective in lowering serum cholesterol," said Dr. John V. Erdman Jr. of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Erdman wrote an editorial that accompanies the new report, and he has worked on using soy protein to lower cholesterol levels in patients.

Helps fight Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a major public health problem occurring primarily among postmenopausal women (PMW). A diet rich in legumes, especially soy, has been linked to a lower risk of fractures in Asian women, despite their lower bone density, when compared with Caucasian women. This information is from Lauderdale DS, et al. Hip fracture incidence among elderly Asian-American populations. Am J Epidemiol 1997;146:502-509.

Cancer fighting isoflavonoids

What are isoflavonoids and how do they work? The isoflavones are a class of soy plant hormones called phytoestrogens. The two predominating isoflavones,genistein and diadzein-are powerful antioxidants that protect cells and organs from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are toxic oxygen molecules produced by cigarette smoke, x-rays, air pollutants, sunlight, and as natural byproducts of our metabolism.

Genistein inhibits cancer in several ways. It appears to obstruct the action of harmful enzymes that propel cancer cells to reproduce rampantly, hence slowing tumor growth and possibly even stopping cancer cell proliferation. Genistein restricts the growth of new blood vessels that supply necessary nutrients for cancer cell reproduction, and it works like a weak estrogen that can plug into estrogen-receptor sites in breast tissue, thereby competing with certain estrogens that cause cells in breast tissue to mutate. A mutation in cells increases the risk of breast cancer. It may also interfere with testosterone's ability to stimulate the growth of prostate cancer (The Nutrition Reporter, 1996, vol. 1;Lancet, October 1997,vol. 350).