Amazing Health Benefits of Taho & Tofu

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If you’ve been to the Philippines, you’ve probably heard of the taho vendor shouting “tahoooooo” as he comes almost exactly at the same time every morning.

I love taho, and I’m happy that my kids are now learning to like it, too.

 Taho, according to Wikipedia, is a Pinoy snack made of fresh soft or silken tofu, arnibal (sweetener and flavoring), and sago pearl or tapioca pearls. For Indonesians and Malaysians, the equivalent is tauhue.

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Health benefits of taho/Tofu:

1.  Reducing the risk of getting breast cancer. Tofu is an excellent food from a nutritional and health perspective. It is thought to provide the same sort of protection against cancer and heart disease as soya beans.

2. Helps prevent Heart Disease.  The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of soy peptides found in fermented soy food like tofu can help protect the blood vessels from oxidative and inflammatory damage. More about this here.

3. Lowers Cholesterol. Soya protein (from which tofu is derived) is believed to help lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) which also helps in preventing obesity. See more: Kitchen Hopping 

4. Prevention of type 2 diabetes.  High levels of total soy intake (approximately 200 grams per day) have also been associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes . Soy foods have been shown to lessen insulin resistance by increasing the synthesis of insulin receptors. Read more at Whfoods.

5. Reduces menopausal side effects. During the menopause, the body’s natural production of oestrogen stops and symptoms may arise. As phytoestrogens act as a weak oestrogen, they may help relieve symptoms by boosting levels slightly, reducing hot flushes in some women.

6. Helps your gastrointestinal tract. There is some evidence, mostly in animal studies, that soyasaponins can lessen the rate of lipid peroxidation in blood vessels, lessen absorption of cholesterol from the GI tract, and increase excretion of fecal bile acids.

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NUTRIENTS FROM TOFU/TAHO.

Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.  Symtomfind.com lists some nutrients we can get from tofu.

WARNING:

Soya can lower LDL and the risk of some cancers can also do some harm if eaten in excess. Read more at Tofu/Soya.  Since tofu and all soya products contain large amounts of oxalate,  individuals with a history of oxalate containing kidney stones should avoid over consuming soya products.  Women who have or have had oestrogen-sensitive breast tumours should restrict their soya intake to no more than four servings per week. 

TOFU RECIPES by BBC Good food.

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22 thoughts on “Amazing Health Benefits of Taho & Tofu

  1. My siblings and I all grew up having one small cup of taho every morning. 🙂
    We still wait for the taho vendor every morning. The taho vendor we buy from is the same guy from 25 years ago and he doesn’t even scream the word “taho anymore” but calls us by name! 😀

  2. I missed eating this. This is my favorite morning breakfast. hehehe. Though I’m quite curious, is this safe for pregnant? I suddenly crave for this. Thanks for sharing♥

  3. nakakatulong tayo sa mahihirap na magtataho tuwing bumibili tayo nyan and at the same time nakakatulong tayo sa health natin, kaya ugaliin natin ang pagtangkilik sa ating produktong pinoy ang TAHO…

  4. I love Taho. But ngayon ko lang nalaman yung exact na mga benefits…
    ang alam ko lang dati basta masarap 🙂

    May suki ako sa labas ng office namin.
    Langka flavor pa yung arnibal nya…
    at pag suki ka na nya, lalagyan pa mismo ng langka strips.
    Almost every morning nakakaltasan ako ng 20 pesos.

    Thanks for this post Ms Gilian.

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