Tofu is a soy-derived food product made by curdling soy milk and pressing it into blocks. It also contains, Nigari, the liquid left over after extracting salt from sea water. (This is the liquid that surrounds the tofu inside the package!)
Tofu is generally high in protein while being low in fat and calories. It’s also packed with vitamins and other micronutrients such as calcium and iron, but note that nutrients may vary depending on which brand of tofu you buy.
Originating in China, tofu is a staple in many Asian cuisines due to its high nutrient-density along with its cooking versatility. It’s no wonder why this soy-based super food has become so popular among Western cultures as plant-based diets have become more mainstream!
Here’s a brief video of how tofu is made at the Aloha Tofu Factory in Honolulu, HI:
Here are some websites with more information about tofu nutrition facts, its health benefits, as well as possible risks: