A popular source of protein for Vegans is tempeh. In spite of its reputation as a meat-free choice for vegans and vegetarians, it is also a healthy choice for meateaters. Replacing meat with tempeh in recipes is an excellent way to reduce saturated fat intake without giving up taste. This fermented soybean product is widely consumed in many cultures including Japan and Indonesia and is increasing in popularity in the US as people seek ways to improve their health. Here are some of the tempeh health benefits:
Tempeh health benefits: High in good protein
A 4-oz portion of tempeh gives over 1/3 of the avg daily protein requirements and with only 225 calories/serving it’s not likely to cause weight gain. Tempeh as a substitute for meat helps lower total cholesterol levels by reducing saturated fat intake and by effect fermented soy has on lipid metabolism. Additionally, the fermentation that soy goes through to become tempeh makes it easier to digest than conventional soy products – yet another reason to add tempeh to your list.
Tempeh health benefits: High in probiotics
Becasue tempeh’s a fermented food, it’s a source for probiotics, the good bacteria that helps to maintain a healthy immune system and beneficial gut health. They also help restore the good bacteria lost by taking antibiotics and drinking tap water containing chlorine. Fermented foods like tempeh are shown to be positive for both the digestive system and overall health.
Tempeh health benefits: May lower cancer(s) risk
As tempeh is a beneficial source for isoflavones, a diet high in fermented soy may lower the chance of certain types of cancer like prostate. Fermented soy isoflavones are now being investigated as a possible prostate cancer treatment. Fermented soy isoflavones have also been shown to lower growth of colon cancer cells in rats. More research is required here, but it’s promising.
Tempeh health benefits: May help with menopause symptoms
Isoflavones found in tempeh and other fermented soy have weak estrogen activity. It’s believed that a diet high in isoflavones may help with some of the discomfort from temperatures changes and irritability associated with menopause. Because estrogenic activity is weak, fermented soy products should not be used in women who have a history of breast cancer because it’s not clear whether the weak estrogenic activity is good or bad for breast tissue.
A few caveats. Those with a kidney stone history should not eat large quantities of tempeh because it is rich in oxalates that can increase kidney stone risk. Some soy products can also alter thyroid function and should be avoided by those with thyroid disease.
Tempeh is a beneficial food you may not have discovered. Why not give it a try?
Yours in Health,
Stewart Forscher, Team Get Super Fit
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