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Health Benefits of Tofu for Moms-To-Be

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:

  • Good quality protein which is also naturally free of gluten
  • lactose
  • low calories
  • no cholesterol

All these benefits make Tofu a must-have while you are expecting.

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BENEFITS OF TOFU IN PREGNANCY

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.

CONSUMPTION IN PREGNANCY

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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EFFECTS OF EXCESS CONSUMPTION OF TOFU IN PREGNANCY

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.

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SOME ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF TOFU FOR ALL OF US

Consuming tofu reduces the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Below are some such benefits you get from tofu.

Selenium (for cancer)

  • Protect from colon cancer.
  • Reduce the risk of prostate cancer in the male.
  • Does not influence breast tumour growth in women.

Calcium (for menopause)

  • Prevent high calcium loss (reduce osteoporosis) by increasing bone mineral density & decreasing bone loss.
  • Preventing rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure.
  • Premenopausal stage- when there is an imbalance in oestrogen hormone.

Alternate to animal protein

  • Lowers level of LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) & increases HDL cholesterol, which decreases the risk of atherosclerosis and Hypertension

Low in calories

  • Can aid in weight loss.

Contributed by

- Ms Savitri

(Clinical Nutritionist, Jayanagar)

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