The health benefits of tofu have been touted by vegetarian advocates for the past 40 years. What are the health benefits of tofu, and how do they measure up against the negative aspects? Soy has been said to reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent osteoporosis, alleviate symptoms of menopause, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Much of the evidence for these claims come from Asia, where it must be noted, the predominant forms of soy being consumed are fermented varieties such as tempeh, natto, tamari, and miso. Tofu is actually not a traditional Asian form of soy food. So can people truly claim that the health benefits of tofu are the same as the health benefits of soy, when so many of the studies have been done on populations who eat fermented soy products?