Is tofu the type of food you eat most often? And do you know what is its health benefit besides delicious taste?
A study published in March 2020 in the journal Movement Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham Hospital and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that people who ate tofu at least once a week were more likely to eat tofu. Heart disease is less common, at about 18 percent compared to those who eat isoflavone-rich foods less than once a month. Women who are in a pre-menopause period and women who are experiencing menopause without hormone therapy benefit the most from eating tofu.
Qi Sun is a researcher at the T.H. School of Public Health of Harvard University in Boston mentioned that “Beans are an important source of protein in a plant-based diet”. We are aware more and more that plant-based diets are not only important for human health, but also for the earth too” he added.
Researchers have focused on a compound in soy products called isoflavones, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that act as antioxidants and lower LDL cholesterol. In addition, isoflavones appear to stimulate the growth of beneficial anti-inflammatory bacteria in microorganisms.
While tofu eaters have a lower risk of heart disease, it is not the same for those who drink soy milk, although soy milk is rich in isoflavones. Researchers have noted that people consume less soy milk than tofu. “Soy milk contains too much sugar and additives to be considered healthy,” he said.
However, isoflavones are not the only reason to eat soy products. Nutritionist, Kelly Kennedy says that plant-based protein sources, such as tofu, generally have lower levels of unhealthy saturated fat and has higher levels of healthy saturated fat than meat. Therefore, a diet that includes plants is highly regarded.
In general, you should eat more tofu and plant-based foods to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Article by: Health.D Cam
Source: EVERYDAY HEALTH