National Tofu Day is celebrated on the first day of fall. It is noteworthy that the attitude of people towards tofu is sharply opposite – they either love it, or they cannot stand it. Tofu connoisseurs extol its beneficial qualities, and people from the second group consider it tasteless. However, skeptics should definitely try tofu again, as it is high in protein and has no fat. It is best served with a sauce or side dish.
Tofu was first prepared in China almost two thousand years ago, and gradually the product spread to East Asia and Japan. Nutritionists believe Buddhism and vegetarianism became popular in the wake of tofu’s popularity. It has been the basis of many East Asia cuisines. At its core, tofu is soy milk that goes through several stages of processing, similar to making cheese. According to nutritionists, tofu is an excellent source of protein for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet. In addition, it contains essential amino acids and useful nutrients – zinc, vitamin B1, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and copper.
- Tofu is a versatile product that goes with absolutely any side dish. You can also cook it in different ways – bake, fry, or add to salads as is.
- The high nutrient content strengthens bone tissue and also reduces the likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
- Thanks to its high protein content, tofu helps build muscle mass.
- Research has linked regular consumption of tofu with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
How to take part
National Tofu Day encourages you to try any tofu dish and experiment, especially since it is so versatile. Read about tofu online, learn about its health benefits. Plan a grocery trip for this day – pick up not only tofu but also related items for cooking.
When is National Tofu Day celebrated in 2023?
National Tofu Day is observed on September 1 each year.