bean curd, tofu(noun)
cheeselike food made of curdled soybean milk
A protein-rich food made from curdled soybean milk.
Origin: From 豆腐 (dòufu) and 豆腐 (tōfu).
Tofu, also called bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is a component in many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish. Tofu originated in ancient China some 2,000 years ago. Chinese legend ascribes its invention to prince Liu An. Tofu and its production technique were introduced into Korea and then Japan during the Nara period. It spread into other parts of East Asia as well. This spread likely coincided with the spread of Buddhism because it is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of East Asian Buddhism. Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty described a method of making tofu in Bencao Gangmu. Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in iron and depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calcium and/or magnesium.
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If we are talking about soy in its whole form such as edamame, tofu and whole soy milk, then it is healthier than meat in the sense that soy provides an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals — without the cholesterol and saturated fat found in meat.
I think soy milk is one that would be OK, and tofu and tempeh and edamame. Again, those being more on the natural side, as we go into a lot of vegan and vegetarian products, like when they use that soy to make a meat patty and it's not just soybeans that are in there but it's also additional soy product to make it into a meat patty, then that's where I would say it's more processed.
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- Tofu, BohnenquarkGerman
- tofou, tofuFrench
- 두부, 豆腐Korean
- bønne-ost, tofuNorwegian
- то́фу, со́евый тво́ро́гRussian
- đậu phụ, 豆腐, tàu hủVietnamese
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