You either love tofu or you hate it. Bring up the word to most vegetarians and they are likely to get a smile on their face. Say tofu to a meat loving person and watch their face crinkle up in disgust. But just how many calories are in tofu? The answer… 95 calories.
The 95 calories consists of one-half cup of raw firm tofu. That amount of tofu also contains over ten grams of vegetable protein. The protein in tofu is one of the reasons it is so popular with vegetarians who find it difficult to get enough protein in their diets. That same one-half cup of tofu with 95 calories in it contains five grams of fat. Low fat varieties of tofu have less than two grams of fat per serving in them. Compare that to a hamburger patty that size and it’s not even close. Once typical four ounce hamburger patty contains 335 calories and 15 grams of fat.
Because tofu is a plant based food it is naturally cholesterol free. Tofu also has nearly a quarter of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, which makes it a great food choice for women who are at risk of bone diseases like osteoporosis.
Tofu comes in a variety of forms, and can be substituted for many protein based foods such as beef, chicken, turkey, and pork.
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