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How Is Tofu Made?

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Whether you follow a strict vegan lifestyle or if you only sometimes eat a vegetarian diet, there's no denying that living a plant-based life is an effective way to protect animals, champion your own personal health, and to help the environment. After all, animal agriculture is believed to be responsible for around 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans worldwide. Eating plant-based offsets those emissions in a big way, as plant-based diets are focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meat alternatives. 

Though plant-based "meats" by companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have taken off in recent years, one of the original alternatives to meat is tofu, as it is high in protein, low-cal, and relatively high in calcium.

What Is Tofu?

You’ve never heard of a tofu plant, have you? That’s because there is no such thing. So, what is tofu exactly?

Tofu is processed soybean curd that can be cut into little squares and takes on the flavor of whatever it is marinated in. Since tofu is relatively high in protein, it is considered a protein alternative to meat, so it has become a staple in dishes like stir-fry, curry, rice bowls, and salads.