tofu skin

Tofu skin is essentially a soybean product, introduced primarily by the Chinese and the Japanese. Boiling soy milk develops a thin layer of protein-lipid complex over the surface of the milk to be collected and dried in order to form the tofu skin. It is yellow in color and is known to have many health benefits.

Tofu Skin History. It had first been discovered by the Chinese over 2000 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Cheese of Asia', due to its visual likeness to blocks of cheese, because of the former being packed and wrapped up in such a manner. Etymologically, the origin of the word 'Tofu' is Japanese, with the same word existing in the Chinese language with a slight variation.

Tofu Skin Popularity. It is a popular substitute for meat in vegetarian cuisines because of its somewhat chewy texture. It can also be fried before cooking further, in order to make its skin more compact. It can be purchased in various forms; fresh, half-dried and dried. Tofu skin has still not gained a lot of popularity in the West due to being a vegetarian diet, as Westerners usually prefer a meat diet consisting of chicken or beef. The beans are also bland, and so are not naturally very attractive. Soy food items are also known to cause allergies in different people, like diarrhea and hives (itchy red welts on the surface of the skin).

Tofu Skin Health Benefits. It is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, but rich in proteins, so it helps people with cardiovascular problems and diseases. It also assists heart disease patients by lowering the chances of formation of blood clots caused by platelets. It contains a high amount of calcium so, reduces the risk of developing weak and frail bones, as well as losing important brain tissue. It has extra benefits for women; it serves as the best source of calcium during menopause and also helps fight breast cancer. Soy food items are known to be an important part of breast cancer treatment and tofu skin is no exception. It is a rich source of antioxidants, essential for a healthy skin. It is also known to contain high amounts of iron required to fight anemia. It is rich in minerals, satisfying the energy requirements of the day.
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