Is Tofu A Carb?
Tofu is not considered a carbohydrate food. Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a soy based food prepared by pressing coagulated soy milk for varying lengths of time to create varying softness/firmness. Tofu can be silken, soft, firm, extra firm, or super firm. The more firm the tofu is, the less water content it has and the more protein content it has. For example, silken tofu has 6grams of plant-based protein while the super firm tofu has 14grams of plant-based protein per serving. However, the amount of carbohydrate is consistently low at 2grams of total carbohydrate per serving. Although tofu is a plant-based food, it does not have any fiber because it has such little carbohydrate and would generally not be considered a carbohydrate food. Want to check out various tofu nutrition facts and reviews of various kinds on your own? Check out tofu here.
Is Tofu A Complete Protein?
Yes. Because tofu (like tempeh) is derived from soy, which is a complete protein, tofu is a complete protein. Soy protein has all of the essential amino acids to support growth of children and adults. Unlike other animal based proteins, soy is naturally low in fat and saturated fat and completely cholesterol free which makes it an ideal food to include into your diet. Just remember that while tofu is a complete protein, it can taste rather bland and it’s best to use flavorful sauces and marinades like soy sauce or sesame oil to enhance the flavor as tofu tends to soak up the flavors that it’s cooked in. Find tofu varieties for your next plant-forward meal HERE.
Soooo just to reiterate….tofu is not a carb but it is a complete protein! Add some tofu to your meals to increase overall satiety and nutritional density.
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