Tofu is a popular food derived from soya. It is made by curdling fresh soya milk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it – in much the same way that traditional dairy cheese. The liquid (whey) is discarded. it can be cooked in different ways to change its texture from smooth and soft to crisp and crunchy
Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.
Tofu contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones, which have a similar structure to the female hormone oestrogen and therefore mimic the action of oestrogen produced by the body. Due to the fact, many women include soya rich foods like tofu in their diet as they enter the menopause. This can help reduce hot flushes in some women.