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  • What Is The DEAL with TOFU?

    I've got a couple "health freaks" at my office who go to the gym EVERY DAY! They run run run and stay away from meat like the plague!

    They're always going on about how magically perfect tofu is... I just don't get it.

    What the eff really IS tofu and why do they think it's so amazing?
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    Avoid it like the plague!! It's made from unfermented soy and is linked to a laundry list of health problems.

    It is NOT the health food that it was touted as for so many years.

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    • #3
      Fermented (or "fermented" with modern technology) soy that's been compacted and shaped. As to why it's amazing, I have no clue. I've never liked it.
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      • #4
        I hate the taste but I tell you people worship it like it's the end all be all where I work.
        March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
        Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

        "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin

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        • #5
          Well, no one ever accused people of being smart. As for tofu, it tastes like crap, has a weird texture, and does not, no matter what idiots say, "take on the flavor of whatever you cook it with!!1!!!OMFGIluvit!!!!"

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          • #6
            I have heard the complaints about it, and soy in particular but I have a real problem with that as the Koreans eat the stuff with just about everything! and they are pretty damn healthy! unless you look at the ones, the young ones now eating a more SAD, which is killing them. By itself it is bland, but mix it with a soup or stew and it will take on the flavor. You can even make a sort of jerky with it. Like I said I have seen both sides reported, just as there is the 180 view of PB. Japanese also eat it however it is prepared differently. I have no grips about it myself, although I would not eat copious amounts every day!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Littlesigh View Post
              By itself it is bland, but mix it with a soup or stew and it will take on the flavor.

              Sorry, but I simply to do find this to be the case. I've had tofu in curries, stirfrys, and in Korea when I lived there for a year. Tofu to my tastes did not take on the flavor of whatever like chicken or beef or whatever did/does. To me it is like sticking a sponge in some curry, sure the sponge soaks it up but it still is tastes like a sponge.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by canio6 View Post
                To me it is like sticking a sponge in some curry, sure the sponge soaks it up but it still is tastes like a sponge.
                And thanks be that we don't all like the same thing...! I LOVE IT!!!
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                • #9
                  Tofu or any soy product is no good unless its fermented. Do a little research and alert your co-workers. I'd be curious to know what their reaction is.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Littlesigh View Post
                    And thanks be that we don't all like the same thing...! I LOVE IT!!!
                    In that case, please eat mine

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by morganpmiller View Post
                      Tofu or any soy product is no good unless its fermented. Do a little research and alert your co-workers. I'd be curious to know what their reaction is.
                      They praise veganism as the perfect diet and tofu as the perfect food... I think they've drank the cool aid on that...
                      March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
                      Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

                      "My chest hair caught fire when I was fighting a bear with a flamethrower, how do I get my hair back? - Rivvin

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by canio6 View Post
                        Well, no one ever accused people of being smart. As for tofu, it tastes like crap, has a weird texture, and does not, no matter what idiots say, "take on the flavor of whatever you cook it with!!1!!!OMFGIluvit!!!!"
                        I'm not a tofu person, but we had a meat-free meal with the martial abbott Shi De Li at the Shaolin Temple in China, when I visited there and it was very good. Probably one of the best meals we had there.

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                        • #13
                          I still haven't lived down the ToFurky I made for Thanksgiving once.
                          I think some bodies can handle Tofu just fine. But in others it causes a problem. Just like many foods out there, we all have different tolerances and reactions to it.

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                          • #14
                            That's great!

                            More meat for you!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lynna View Post
                              I'm not a tofu person, but we had a meat-free meal with the martial abbott Shi De Li at the Shaolin Temple in China, when I visited there and it was very good. Probably one of the best meals we had there.
                              I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I am not saying that you can't like tofu, merely that I don't. It is like oysters, some people love them. I find them to taste like yick. Fried, raw, steamed, smoked - tried them - yick. Tofu is much the same.

                              Also, I have no issue with meatless meals. I make them myself. Veggies are very nice.

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