Tofu has become a popular vegetarian substitute for meat dishes, but you do not have to be a vegetarian to benefit from this healthy food. Even though Tofu became popular in western countries over the last few decades, its origins go back over a thousand years to China. Curds derived from soybeans is the main ingredient in tofu. The texture of tofu changes during cooking from smooth to crispy. This versatility makes it a cook's favorite. Manufacturers sell tofu product market in fermented and non-fermented forms, but most of the tofu sold in America is not fermented.
Replacing milk and meat products with tofu helps lower cholesterol. In particular, research shows that it contains compounds that help to lower LDL cholesterol. LDL is the "bad" cholesterol measurement that needs to stay below a certain level to reduce health risks. In contrast, the body also contains the “good" cholesterol called HDL. High HDL levels help negate the damage LDL cholesterol causes. Some research indicates that eating soy helps improve HDL cholesterol levels. It might also help reduce the levels of another key cholesterol problem marker, triglycerides. However, its role in lowering LDL cholesterol has the most supporting evidence.
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