Tofu is one of the most versatile foods, a treasure trove of delicious meals to come for any vegan. A food that has almost become synonymous with being vegan.
Many vegans love the taste and texture of tofu, but there are still many nay-sayers out there debating the true wonders of tofu and many people afraid to take the plunge to veganism due to all of the arguments whirling around about the cons and misgivings of tofu - all false.
Read along below to see five of the most common tofu myths - busted!
1) Tofu Causes a Drop in Testosterone Levels
False! This myth is commonly thrown around throughout society, especially with men. While many men fear a drop in their own testosterone and believe they will start feminizing, this is completely false.
Tofu is made from soy milk, and many believe soy causes a drop in testosterone. This myth comes from the fact that soy is made up of isoflavones which are phytoestrogens. Compounds that behave like estrogen. The word estrogen may scare many, but rest assured, there have been numerous studies debunking this myth.
2) Tofu Tastes Bad
As any food, it is all about how you cook it. Just like any vegetable, grain, or any type of food, the magic and taste is in the process. Lucky for us, we’re living in a time where anyone can find most foods prepared and pre-spiced, just how they like it! You can get a tofu with no preparations done, and bring out the inner chef in you to find what spices make it just right for your own taste buds.
Or, you can get a tofu already spiced so you can just throw it into your favorite dish! The possibilities are endless when it comes to tofu tastes.
3) The Texture of Tofu is Weird and Gross
This is another myth that is all based around one bad experience. Tofu comes in a variety of textures and firmness. With so many different combinations of texture paired with firmness, there is a tofu made for everyone. A soft, silken tofu or a firm tofu are sure to add an extra to any vegan meal.
4) Tofu Does Not Have Enough Vegan Protein
Tofu is rich with vegan protein. As many people know, protein is one of the nutrients that a body needs a sufficient amount of everyday to function properly. What everyone doesn’t know, is that tofu is a great source of vegan protein. Tofu can be used to add protein to any diet.
Along with 8 grams of protein per 100 grams of tofu (on average), tofu is full of other nutrients like all nine essential amino acids, calcium, iron, and more.
5) Tofu is Boring
Tofu is such a versatile food and can be used to create a variety of delectable dishes. Many people use tofu in the traditional way of grilling a slab of tofu and pairing it with rice or vegetables. However, when you dive deep into the world of tofu, you’ll find dishes you would never expect to be made with tofu - even desserts! That’s right, tofu is a great dairy alternative and can be used to make sweet, decadent desserts like mousse and pie!
Now that you have seen five of the most common tofu myths debunked, it’s time for you to give tofu a try! Next time you see tofu on the menu or in the grocery store, don’t be afraid to give it a try. Tofu is a nutritious and tasty addition to any meal that anyone can enjoy.