This Balsamic Marinated Baked Tofu recipe is easy and fast to prepare. It pairs well with Healthy Butternut Squash, Boiled Potatoes, Beet Greens, Sauteed Kale, a Side Salad or your favorite side dish.
Soy, and tofu in particular, have been attacked by the dairy industry for over a decade. When they noticed soy milk cutting into their cow’s milk profits, they funded a bogus “scientific” study and launched a smear campaign against soy.
Even though the study has been thoroughly debunked and soy has been proven to be healthy for us, the soy myth is still perpetuated by the uniformed, especially in the paleo and Adkins diet communities.
One of the most outlandish claims is that the phytoestrogens in soy will give men breasts. Plants do have phytoestrogen, but plant estrogen is completely different than animal estrogen. Unlike the animal estrogen in cow’s milk, phytoestrogen doesn’t have any affect on the human body.
Cow estrogen, however, does affect the human body. According to a 2015 study, “it seems that steroid hormones are very potent compounds in dairy foods, which exert profound biological effects in animals and humans.” As for cow estrogen hormones specifically, they have been shown to be responsible for “initiating and provoking of breast and prostate cancers.”
Regions of Asia have been consuming soy and tofu for thousands of years and they have some of the world’s longest life expectancies. Unless you have a soy allergy, you’re probably safe to consume it as part of a healthy, balanced plant-based diet.
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