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1) The firmer it is, the more fat it contains. The softer version contains more water, making it softer.
2) Once a container of tofu is opened, you need to refrigerate it--covered with water. Best thing to do is rinse it and change the water daily. If you do that, the tofu should be fine for up to a week.
3) You can freeze tofu and it will stay good. Be warned that it will turn a yellowish color and make the texture spongy and absorbent.
4) "Soy products ranging from tofu to veggie patties, though generally marketed toward the health-conscious, are actually largely made from genetically engineered soy." - from an article in The Signal. As would be expected one of the biggest opponents to GMO labeling is Monsanto, the largest pesticide and genetically engineered food manufacturer. Labeling gives us the right to choose. Without it, we have no idea what we're ingesting. If you choose only organic tofu, you have the assurance of knowing it was made from organic soybeans (that were not genetically engineered).
5) Another name for silken tofu is Japanese style tofu. This tofu (the lowest in fat, btw), is the soft, custardy kind.
6) The calcium content in tofu is about 227mg in one half-cup serving. As a comparison, there is about 150 mg in 1/2 cup of milk.
7) Tofu is rich in iron--providing 33.8% of the DV for this important mineral in 4 ounces,.
8) Rich in protein--tofu provides you with 9.2 grams in just four ounces, which is equal to 18.3% of the daily value for protein.
9) And as for those important omega 3 fatty acids-- tofu provides 14.4% of the daily value for these beneficial fats in just 4 ounces.
10) Tofu is one of the cheapest proteins around. It picks up the flavors it's cooked with, and is as adaptable as you want it to be--saute it, steam it, deep fry it, mash it up.
11) Soy has been shown to be helpful in alleviating the symptoms associated with menopause. According to whfoods.com: "When women's production of natural estrogen drops at menopause, soy's isoflavones may provide just enough estrogenic activity to prevent or reduce uncomfortable symptoms, like hot flashes."