Too much tofu?


Micaela Karlsen, MSPH


Is there a danger of eating too much tofu as a source of protein?


Tofu is a very lightly processed food, and when it is incorporated into a varied, plant-food diet it can be a delicious part of a healthy diet, as well as being an aid for sticking with the diet since it can be flavored in so many different ways. That being said, a healthy diet is a varied diet, so if you are eating tofu every day, on principle it might not be a bad idea to branch out and try some other legumes - bean soups, bean dips, tempeh, and so forth.

Because it is not necessary to make any special effort to get enough protein if you are eating whole foods (see How much protein do I need?) if you do not like tofu there is no need to be eating it.

What may be a cause for concern are all the highly processed fake meat and cheese products - these often contain soy protein isolates (not a whole food!), added oil, added sugars, added salt, and preservatives and colorings. While they may pose significantly less health risks than real meat and cheese, it is far healthier to simply consume a varied diet of truly whole plant foods, minus the processed treats.