Crispy tofu bites and low-fat ranch dip make for a guilt-free snack

Tofu is similar to cheese but is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fat.

If you’re looking for a meat substitute, try versatile and plant-based tofu. It’s made from soy, and we have good news about that: Soy contains natural plant compounds called isoflavones, which reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Because isoflavones can mimic the behavior of the hormone estrogen, a common concern is that the isoflavones in tofu may increase the risk of cancer. However, a review of the studies shows that isoflavones do not increase breast, thyroid or uterine cancer. Additionally, they can help postmenopausal women manage hot flashes, fatigue, and mood swings.

Don’t know about tofu? It’s a bit similar to cheese, which is made from milk. Milk is squeezed out of soybeans and the remaining quark is pressed into cakes like blocks of soft cheese. Unlike cheese, tofu is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fat.

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