What is tofu?

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Tofu is a food produced of condensed soy milk that is pressed into solid white blocks of varying softness.

Some brief facts:

  • It is a traditional component of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines and among vegetarians and vegans.
  • It has been consumed in China for over 2,000 years.
  • A wide variety of types and flavors is available in both Western and Eastern markets.
  • It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish and its flavors, and absorbs flavors well.
  • It can be silken, soft, firm, or extra firm.
  • The process of making tofu is relatively similar to the way that cheese is made from milk.
  • Nutritionally, it is low in calories, while containing a relatively large amount of protein. It also provides fats, carbs, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Many people consider tofu as non-healthy because a large proportion of soybeans production is genetically modified (GMO).