Tasty Tofu: Why it’s Good for You

Jerkfu Wrap

When cooked right, tofu is quite delicious (as evidenced by our Jerkfu Wrap pictured above). In addition, tofu is also really good for you! Derived from soybeans, tofu serves as a great meat-substitute for those that want plant-based protein. Tofu is also full of important minerals like iron and calcium. In fact, tofu has been found to overall be good for your health. Tofu has proven to lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular well-being, which decreases your risk for stroke and heart disease. Rich in iron (and selenium), tofu helps keep your energy level up. High in calcium, tofu ensures stronger and healthier bones and lowers your risk for osteoporosis. In addition, the isoflavones in tofu help prevent certain cancers.

Nutritional Facts (per half cup/4 ounces serving of raw, firm tofu):

  • Calories – 95
  • Protein –10 grams
  • Carbohydrates – 3 grams
  • Fat – 5 grams. Low fat tofu contains 1.5 grams
  • Saturated fat – 0.1 grams
  • Cholesterol – 0
  • Calcium – 230 mg
  • Iron – 4 mg
  • Magnesium – 40 mg
  • Phosphorous – 140 mg
  • Potassium – 160 mg
  • Sodium – 7 mg
  • Fiber – 0.5 grams