30 March 2009

Most of Chinese and Japanese food serve tofu in their menu. Tofu is very famous and delicious. It is made from curdled soybean, a soft cheese-like food which is extremely a versatile kind of food due to its low-calorie, high-protein, cholesterol-free content. It is creamy white with a sliceable firmness.

But even though this food is naturally known as an excellent protein source, some experts say that this delicious soy product might be risky for your memory. Their studies have shown that more than 700 elderly Indonesians, particularly at the age of 68 and beyond, found that high tofu consumption once a day was associated with worse memory. Tofu itself contains phytoestrogens, which may heighten the risk of dementia.

On the other hand, it is good news that “tempeh” is here to save us from worries. Research also shows that tempeh, which is a fermented soy product made from the whole soy bean, provides substances that is associated with better memory. This is due to the high levels of the vitamin folate present in each of these fermented soy products. Folate is generally known as a great substance to reduce the risk of dementia.


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