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I Like Tofu. NO wait...I may actually loooove/crave the stuff.

After posting about baked tofu on a recent thread I realized "It doesn't even have to be baked/seasoned for me" I can just eat that darned stuff. Once it has been baked, I can eat the chewy goodness out of the pan. NO recipe really required-- that request was for my SO.

When I bake tofu, I actually skim slices "raw" (if you will) into my mouth. Sort of like some may do with cookie dough?

Anyone else? Or am I possibly protein-deficient and may need to talk to my internist?

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  1. I like tofu. If nice and fresh I'll dip it in soy sauce and then eat it.

    1. I totally get it.. it seem so rich

      1. if you ever come to the los angeles area:
        1) go to the Happy Family restaurant on Atlantic in Monterey Park and get their chopped mustard greens made with tofu sheets

        2) go the san fernando valley and go to Vinh Loi Tofu. they make their own tofu and their own soymilk there and serve meals based on tofu and on faux meats.

        1. I eat it raw. I eat it cooked. I eat it sweet. I eat it savory. My family thinks I am nuts (I ordered a case of it in bulk one time when my local grocery store ran out). But yeah, I'm totally with you (probably 'worse' than you, if it makes you feel more normal, lol). I go through quite a lot of it.

          1. I want to like it but I can't seem to get into it. I did try a bite of the Whole Foods Tofu General Tso's last week which was good but that could have been the sauce. I'd love to hear how people prefer to make it.

            1. I am an omnivore and I love tofu! If you can get it fresh, by all means do!

              Keep an eye out for this guy's tofu if he is able to expand as planned. Interesting video.

              http://vimeo.com/18704360

              1. I love tofu too. A LOT. And I'm not a vegetarian (although I used to be).

                1. I may envy your ability to enjoy tofu. No matter how I've tried it, I just don't like tofu. I won't spit it out because it's almost a necessary evil when trying to eat vegetarian out. I totally avoid it when cooking vegetarian at home though.

                  Plenty of protein in other vegetables to not need tofu. Also, low-/no-animal protein diets are known to have significant positive nutrition and health results. That was the point of the China Study by T.Colin Campbell. In fact, his and many other studies have proven that vegetarians and vegans eating a balanced veggie diet simply don't have a lack of protein. As Campbell points out, elephants and hippos are 100% vegetable eaters. They don't suffer from weak bones or muscles. Same with our relative primates.

                  Just no evidence to worry about protein deficiency unless there's a genetic inability to process foods.

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                  1. re: Rigmaster

                    No argument on this board about the validity of eating a strictly veg diet. But to compare us to elephants and hippos is not really valid. Elephants have to spend 75% of their waking time foraging and eating in order to meet their nutritional requirements. Humans living in western civilization don't have that kind of time to devote to eating, thus we need denser protein sources. Tofu fits that bill for some, but clearly isn't necessary. Beans, nuts and grains easily fill the gap and are readily available.

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      We don't have to forage - we have supermarkets everywhere. If elephants and hippos had unlimited food sources by the water, they'd not forage either.

                      Not sure what you mean by protein denseness, but vegetables have far more bio-availability of the proteins than animal sources. Soy (from which tofu is derived) binds with minerals that impede protein and nutrient absorption.

                      Also in addition to a large % of soy being GMO, toxic chemicals are used to process soy into tofu.

                      My original response was not to discourage tofu lovers, and it still isn't. However, the use of elephants and hippos was entirely relevant and valid. They eat naturally sourced plant-based protein and seem to develop quite fine. So do humans.

                      The world is full of people who don't eat animals or animal-sourced protein nor do they eat or have access to soy or tofu and yet they too seem to develop and prosper nutritionally.

                      I agree with you about beans, nuts, and grains, but they take just as much, if not more time to buy and prepare compared to fruits and veggies that can be purchased, washed, and eaten. Beans usually have to be picked, cleaned, and cooked. Nuts, usually have to be picked and shelled. Many don't suit our palate in raw form so we cook/roast them too. Grains, also highly GMOd, usually are harvested, processed, then cooked in some way. Plants, veggie or fruit, just don't require that.

                      1. re: Rigmaster

                        Ok, a few clarifications here:
                        The volume of purely plants/fruits necessary to sustain a person just isn't feasible without a source denser in protein. By dense, I mean amount of protein per unit weight. This has nothing to do with supermarkets vs. foraging...it has to do with how much time do you have to consume food. All animals have to worry about is: eat, not get eaten, reproduce. They have time to eat all day to consume sufficient food mass to sustain them. We don't have that kind of time. Indeed, Campbell's work also includes beans and nuts as part of the diet:
                        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18...

                        I'm not sure where you are getting your data about soy binding with minerals that impede protein absorption. Can you please provide the references for this, I'd like to see those. Do you mean the natural trypsin inhibitors (that are NOT minerals) in the soybeans? The vast majority of these are inactivated during the processing of soy to miso, tempeh and tofu. Any remaining rapidly undergo acid hydrolysis/inactivation in the stomach. Proteins are not absorbed, amino acids are, and all proteins are broken down by a variety of proteolytic enzymes that work regardless of the protein source. My search of the literature does not reveal any reported inhibition of intestinal proteases.

                        You seem to base a good deal of your point of view on possible GMO prevalence in nuts, beans and grains....don't you think your fruits and veggies are GMO? Do you eat hybrid tomatoes? All fruits and veggies have been genetically modified, either by farmer selection over the years for optimal characteristics, or via direct engineering. Maybe you get only heirloom fruits and veggies of all kinds.....lucky you!