While more consumers are shifting their diet to incorporate plant based foods, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans highlight Tofu and other soyfoods and beverages in four food groups focusing on healthy eating patterns. Soyfoods aren’t just a prime candidate for a plant based diet; they also play a major role in a nutritious diet that offers excellent health benefits.
Below you’ll find the information and resources needed to inspire your shoppers and clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
The Power of Plant Protein
Soy is a great source of plant-based protein. In fact, soy protein found in tofu contains all 9 essential amino acids in the proportions needed by our bodies to stay healthy. Soy protein is highly digestible, and is comparable to animal protein in terms of protein quality, according to the PDCAAS (Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score).
Soy and Women’s Health
Quite often we hear concerns regarding the safety of soy for women’s health, particularly related to breast cancer. However eating soyfoods regularly may be protective against breast cancer, especially when begun in childhood or early adolescence.
Soy and Men’s Health
Soyfoods are safe for men too! They have no harmful effects on testosterone levels and may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 30%.
Clearing Up Confusion Over Soy
We want to clear up any rumors you may have heard about tofu and soy. More information and studies show that soy is actually good for you as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Soy Allergen Info
While soy is listed as one of the top 8 allergens, it’s estimated that only 0.4% of American children under the age of 18 are allergic to soy. Additionally, nearly 70% of children outgrow the soy allergy by the age of 12.
Choosing the Right Tofu
Don’t be intimidated; think of the white block of tofu as a canvas! From soft tofu to extra firm, this tofu cheat sheet will be your guide in suggesting the right firmness level and recipe to your clients.
Five Tofu Tips to Get Started
For those unfamiliar with tofu, here are five tips.
House Foods offers variety types of Shirataki noodles, a gluten –free low calorie noodle substitute. Made from Konnyaku, an Asian yam, these noodles are low in carbs, making them great for those who are diabetic, watching their weight, or have gluten sensitivity. Each type of Shirataki we offer varies in texture and has its own nutritional benefits.