Tofu is the soybean curd which is rich in calcium and is a superfood for a mom-to-be. It is also a rich source of nutrients like magnesium, proteins, vitamin E, minerals and iron, etc. Most people have the misconception that only lean meat or non-veg can provide good quality protein in our body. But many plant-based sources like Tofu also contain:
All these benefits make Tofu a must-have while you are expecting.
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Below are some of the health benefits which you can get by including Tofu in your pregnancy diet.
Nutrient in tofu Benefits
Calcium Building bones & teeth of the foetus
Iron Prevent premature delivery & low birth weight
Healthy lipid Reduces bad cholesterol, Advised even in case of GDM, gallbladder stone
Omega 3 fatty acid For neural development Less of lactose Can be consumed even in lactose intolerance.
Make sure your pregnancy diet includes an adequate amount of tofu and soy products. Having about 3-4 tofu meals a week and drinking a small glass of soy milk of about 200ml twice or thrice in a week is sensible.
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Tofu in excess because the trypsin inhibitor in the tofu can affect protein digestion and can cause pancreatic disorder, gastrointestinal disorder including nausea, diarrhoea, or constipation.
Ensure that you buy tofu, which is free from high levels of aluminium and plaster, as they may poison the nervous system and kidney of your growing baby and you. Check the labels for expiry dates, brand name, nutritional value, indications if any that have been mentioned.
Consuming tofu reduces the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Below are some such benefits you get from tofu.
Selenium (for cancer)
Calcium (for menopause)
Alternate to animal protein
Low in calories
- Ms Savitri
(Clinical Nutritionist, Jayanagar)
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