Advantages of Being a Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarians Can Enjoy Tofu
Vegetarians & Non-Vegetarians Can Enjoy Tofu be often an object of fun. Those who have never eaten it often laugh at it. Even some vegetarians hesitate to try it because they fear that they may be ridiculed or simply do not know how to cook it. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
But tofu is a highly nutritious food that can be cooked in a variety of delicious ways. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy it. What is more, it has proven health benefits? (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
Tofu comes in two forms. There is silken tofu which you will find on the supermarket shelf with Asian foods. Silken tofu can be kept for a long time without refrigeration if the packet is unopened. (“Cooking With Tofu”) Once opened it must be stored in the fridge.
You will find regular tofu in the chiller department of your supermarket. It usually comes in a plastic vacuum pack. (“Cooking With Tofu”)
Both kinds of tofu come in a white block. It looks something like cheese. Silken tofu is widely used in Japanese cooking but both kinds of tofu can be used in most dishes that call for tofu. (“Cooking With Tofu – Loma Linda University”)
When you taste tofu, you will discover that there is no comparison with cheese. It tastes like nothing. That is the secret of cooking tofu. You are adding the flavor. The advantage is that tofu is endlessly adaptable. It takes on the flavor of the herbs, spices, and vegetables with which it is cooked. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
You can use it in stir fries by cutting it into little cubes. Flavor it with garlic, ginger, sesame oil, chilies or whatever you like to add to your favorite stir fry. If you keep a block of silken tofu in the store cupboard you will always have something, make a stir fry in a hurry. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
Tofu can also be used for salad dressings and creamy sauces for savory or sweet dishes. Throw either kind in the food processor with the flavorings you want to use. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) For a salad dressing choose garlic, lemon juice, honey, or herbs. “If you make the same dressing thicker it can be used as a spread or dip.” (“Cooking With Tofu – Loma Linda University”)
You might like to try it as a filling in baked potato. Roasted vegetables with a tofu dip make a delicious first course or snack meal. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
A thick paste of tofu can even be made into a burger and served in a bun. It is an ideal vegetarian option for the barbecue. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”)
For a sweet sauce add some honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, even chocolate or pureed fruit. You can use the same mixture for a cheesecake recipe if you make it a little stiffer than you would for a sauce. (“The Advantages of Being a Vegetarian”) A few chopped nuts sprinkled on top add a variety of texture.
Tofu is an extremely healthy food. It is low in fat and contains no animal fat at all. It will not raise your cholesterol levels and is reputed to play a part in raising the level of “good” cholesterol. (“The Advantages of Being A Vegetarian”)
The isoflavones found in soya-based products such as tofu are thought to play a part in reducing the risk of cancer because they combat free radicals in the body.
“Whether you use tofu as part of a vegetarian diet or a non-vegetarian diet it is a food worth trying.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – vegan guide by …”)
Why Should You Become a Vegetarian?
There are three basic reasons why you should become a vegetarian. Firstly, a vegetarian diet is good for your health. (“Turning Vegetarian – 3 Top Reasons You Must Adopt …”) Secondly, it is a contribution to the welfare of animals. Thirdly, becoming a vegetarian is good for the environment.
Let us start with your health. By eating a vegetarian diet, you will consume less saturated fat than by eating a conventional meat-based diet. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”) This will be good for the health of your heart.
Studies have shown that people who eat nuts on a regular basis are less likely to suffer heart attacks. Vegetarians depend on nuts as one of their sources of protein. Heart disease has become a major killer in all modern industrialized societies.
“That alone would be a major reason to consider becoming a vegetarian.” (“Why We Should Become a Vegetarian?”) But the health benefits are even greater than that. Vegetarians are seldom obese. Obesity and the health problems associated with it have become a major public health issue.
Most vegetarians consume a lot of complex carbohydrates. These are the “good carbs” you will have heard of that do not cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels. When we experience a rush of blood sugar, we must produce more insulin. (“Why We Should Become a Vegetarian?”) If this process is repeated our bodies can become insensitive to our own insulin and type 2 diabetes may result in extreme cases. Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common even in comparatively young people because of the modern diet. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
Cancer is another killer disease that is on the increase. A vegetarian diet can play a part in reducing the risk of cancers because it is high in fiber and high antioxidants that combat free radicals. (“Advantages of Becoming a Vegetarian by Becky White – Issuu”)
By eliminating meat from your diet as a vegetarian you are reducing your exposure to antibiotics that are used in animal husbandry and to the hormones that are used as growth promoters and to increase milk production. Antibiotics in food can result in antibiotic resistance. Hormones fed to animals can disrupt the activity of the hormones that our own bodies produce.
The intensive production of animals in factory farming systems raises key issues of animal welfare. There are also environmental concerns because factory farming is so resource hungry. Vast amounts of land are used to produce animal feed that could be used more efficiently to produce food for people. (“Why We Should Become a Vegetarian?”) If more of us where vegetarian’s fewer children would go to bed hungry.
By becoming a vegetarian, you are contributing to your own health, to the welfare of other people, to the welfare of animals and to the health of the planet. “As an individual your contribution may be small, but your decision to become a vegetarian will influence others.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
See Tomorrow: “Can You Really Switch to Vegetarianism During Your Pregnancy?”
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