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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Phytoestrogen-containing food and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   
 
Phytestrogens are diphenolic compounds, widely found in plants and foods, with structural and biological estrogen-like similarities. Their anti-estrogenic effects are well known and studied due to the possibility to prevent some tumors such as breast and prostate cancer. In menopause they have an estrogenic-like action on lipidic and bone metabolism. Phytestrogens rich foods can positively affect the postmenopausal osteoporotic and cardiovascular pathology according to the Clinica Ostetrica e Ginecologica III, Università degli Studi, Bari. posted in PubMed,

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Phytoestrogens in postmenopausal indications

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   

According to the Government Pharmacy Institute, Ranchi, phytoestrogens are plant-derived hormone-like diphenolic compounds of dietary origin. These compounds are weakly estrogenic and could play a role in the prevention of other estrogen-related conditions, namely, cardiovascular diseases, menopausal symptoms, postmenopausal osteoporosis, neuroprotective effects, and hormone-dependent cancers (breast and endometrium cancer), posted in PubMed,

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Intake of dietary phytoestrogens by Dutch women

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health  

In the study to estimate dietary intake of phytoestrogens in Dutch middle-aged and elderly women and to describe their main sources. Women were recruited between 1993 and 1997 and aged 50-69 y at enrollment (Prospect-EPIC; n = 17,357)., posted in PubMed, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht, indicated that  intake levels of phytoestrogen in our study population are low; however, they are comparable with intake levels previously reported for other Western cohorts. In this population, phytoestrogen intake consisted largely of lignans.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dietary phytoestrogens, including isoflavones, lignans, and coumestrol, in nonvitamin, nonmineral supplements commonly consumed by women in Canada

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health


In  the examination of twenty-one nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements commonly consumed by women in Canada were analyzed for isoflavones (formononetin, daidzein, genistein, glycitein), lignans (pinoresinol, lariciresinol, secoisolariciresinol, matairesinol), and coumestrol to complement our previously published food phytoestrogen database, posted in PubMed, suggested that Supplements containing soy or red clover had the highest concentrations of total isoflavones (728.2-35,417.0 ug/g) and total phytoestrogens (1030.1-35,517.7 ug/g) followed by licorice and licorice-containing supplements (41.3-363.3 ug/g isoflavones; 56.5-370.0 ug/g total phytoestrogens). Other supplements had considerably less isoflavones (</= 19.0 ug/g) and total phytoestrogens (</= 44.2 ug/g). Lignans were present in all (</= 298.9 ug/g), whereas coumestrol was either not present or present in only small amounts (</= 3.0 ug/g). Supplements differed in phytoestrogen profiles. The daily intake of isoflavones and lignans from some supplements may greatly exceed those from several servings of soy or vegetables. Hence, the intake of supplements should be taken into consideration in clinical or epidemiological studies for more accurate estimation of phytoestrogen intakes.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Phytoestrogen consumption and ovarian cancer

 Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In  a population-based case-control study to evaluate phytoestrogen intake from foods and supplements and epithelial ovarian cancer risk of a total of 205 cases and 390 controls were included in analyses., posted in PubMed, there was a suggestion of an inverse association with total phytoestrogen consumption (from foods and supplements), with an odds ratio (OR) of 0.62 (95% CI: 0.38-1.00; p for trend: 0.04) for the highest vs. lowest tertile of consumption, after adjusting for reproductive covariates, age, race, education, BMI, and total energy. Further adjustment for smoking and physical activity attenuated risk estimates (OR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.41-1.08). There was little evidence of an inverse association for isoflavones, lignans, or coumestrol.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Power Up and Slim Down With Soy

 Posted by Chantel M.,  Article contributed By

It's all in the bean! Guess what bean I'm talking about...
When I tell people that I love Tofu they always ask me "What is Tofu, anyway?" I'm not surprised that people don't know that Tofu is actually bean curd made with soybeans and was invented more than 2,000 years ago in China. Soy has been somewhat of a mystery to consumers, especially those that don't often veer from traditional American cuisine.
Soybeans also known as edamame and soy products such as Tofu or soy milk have made their way into mainstream grocery stores and restaurants. Soy-based products are a low-fat, cholesterol-free source of protein, which builds muscles, bones, skin, the antibodies that power your immune system and protect you from disease. They're also high in calcium, which builds healthy bones, teeth and can help prevent or decrease osteoporosis. If that isn't enough, this wonder bean has also been tied to weight loss.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that eating more soy can lower your body mass index. The body mass index is a health indicator that compares your weight to your height. I bet you're asking yourself, what type of soy should I buy? Here are my 3 rules:
Keep it Simple - The only soy products that go into my shopping cart are soy milk, tofu and whole soybeans. I try to avoid meat substitutes made of soy because they're usually heavily processed and often high in sodium. Firm tofu is a great substitute for meat in salads, stir-fries or sandwiches. Silken or soft tofu can substitute for dairy in dips, soups, sauces & even pudding. If you're trying silken tofu for the first time, I would recommend a 50/50 mixture, such as half yogurt, half tofu in a smoothie.
Reach for the whole soy - Look for the phrase "whole soybean" or "whole soy" on the label to make sure you're getting a product high in fiber. Fiber aids in digestion and helps maintain healthy cholesterol, blood glucose levels and other healthy nutrients. Whole soy has been linked in some studies to even help protect against some cancers.
Look for organic choices - Organic soy is free of toxins such as pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and doesn't contain genetically modified organisms. Currently, genetically modified organisms have been studied for their possible link to food allergies.
I'd like to leave you with a healthy soy snack that you can try and I'll bet you'll be pleasantly surprised. Small Planet Tofu, why I love it! It's flavored with seasonings like green tea and lemon grass. Make it a meal by tossing baby greens with white balsamic vinegar, citrus juice; top with chilled wild rice, green tea tofu and sliced almonds. There you have it a little about soy! Hope this helps you discover a new healthy ingredient.
Hope you enjoyed & learned how you can bring the miraculous soy bean into your diet!
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Green Tea Tofu Harumaki (Spring Rolls)

Posted by Chantel M., Recipe contributed By

Ingredients:
* 6 tb soy sauce
* 6 ts sesame oil
* 375 g tofu; cut into cubes
* 6 tb olive oil
* 3 leek; cut into thin strips
* 3 carrot; cut into thin strips
* 225 g mangetout; cut into thin strips
* 6 cloves garlic; chopped
* 3 ts fresh root ginger; chopped
* 375 g button mushrooms; sliced
* 1 1/2 ts five spice powder
* 225 g beansprouts
* 3 ts cornflour
* 3 ts salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tsp Matcha powder
* 3 200 g pack Spring Rolls Sheets
* 120 g solid vegetable oil; melted
Prep Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 15-20 min
Instructions:
In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil and 6 tablespoons cold water and add the tofu and marinate for approx 30 minutes.
Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and stir fry the leek, carrot and mangetout strips for 2-4 minutes.
Add the garlic, ginger and mushrooms and cook for a further 3-5 minutes.
Add the tofu (reserving the marinade) with the five spice powder and beansprouts.
Blend the cornflour, the marinade and matcha powder and pour over the vegetables and cook gently until thickened, add seasoning and leave to cool.
Lay out spring rolls sheets to cooking sheets. Place a spoonful of vegetable mixture at one end of the sheet and roll up gently, folding the sides in.
Brush the other end with a little more vegetable oil to seal the pastry. Repeat for the remaining spring rolls.
Deep fry the spring rolls in hot oil preheated to 180 C, 350 F for approximately 5 minutes until golden brown. Drain well on absorbent kitchen paper.
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Delicious And Nutritious Japanese Fried Tofu Recipe

Posted by Chantel M., recipe contributed By

Fried tofu is a popular Japanese cuisine. Preparation is simple and easy. Fried tofu is known for its delicious taste, high nutritional value and low calorie content. In the West, tofu probably is one of the most popular Asian products. There are many different kinds of ways to prepare tofu. Tofu can be prepared as a main dish or can also be used as an ingredient to compliment other recipes. There are several types of tofu available. Some are sold fresh, some are sold boiled, steamed or fried.
Here is delicious recipe for tofu that is very easy to prepare.
Fried Tofu (for two)
Ingredients:
- Two tofu blocks
- One cup of Dashi (you can use beef bullion broth if dashi is not available)
-Two tablespoons of soy sauce
-Two tablespoons of mirin (if mirin is not available, you can use sweet Japanese rice wine, white wine will work too)
- Mix one tablespoon of corn starch in a small amount of water
- Use this corn starch to coat tofu
- One tablespoon of grated ginger
- Arrange to decorate
- Cooking oil
Preparation:
- Place the tofu in a flat plate, on a kitchen paper towel or on a soft cloth to cut.
- Put a kitchen paper on top of the tofu and place another flat plate on top of the kitchen paper. Slowly lift the plate and gently tun it sideways to let excess water off the tofu. Be careful not to crush the tofu when you are doing this.
- On the side, Prepare the dashi, mirin and soy sauce using a deep casserole or pan. Heat the casserole or pan and as soon as it boils, add corn starch and water, mix well.
- Now dry the tofu using a kitchen paper towel or a soft cloth and slice them in half. Lightly coat the tofu with corn starch.
- In a sauce pan, place plenty of cooking oil and fry the tofu until it turns to golden brown in color.
- Remove the sauce pan from the flame. Place the tofu on kitchen paper towels to remove excess cooking oil and place in a bowl.
- Add the sauce prepared previously on the tofu. Gently sprinkle a small amount of grated ginger on the tofu.
- You can also add grated radish, pepper, fish flakes, or some green if you like.
Goes well with white rice. Serve hot and enjoy.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Soy milk and isoflavone supplements on cognitive performance in healthy, postmenopausal women

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   


 In the study to investigate the cognitive effects of long-term dietary soy isoflavones in a daily dose comparable to that of traditional Asian diets, posted in PubMed, researchers at the Departments of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University showed that for healthy postmenopausal women, long-term dietary soy isoflavone supplementation in a dose comparable to that of traditional Asian diets has no effect on global cognition but may improve visual memory.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Soy and red clover for mid-life and aging

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health  
In the review of the evidence available for use of isoflavones from soy and red clover for the treatment or prevention of these health issues, posted in PubMed, showed that isoflavones found in soy foods and red clover appear to have a small but positive health effect on plasma lipid concentrations, bone mass density, and cognitive abilities. Given the lack of serious safety concerns in the short term, it would appear that including soy and red clover in the diet of postmenopausal women, not withstanding a soy allergy, might be beneficial.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Complementary and alternative medicine for menopausal symptoms

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   
In the review of a randomized, controlled trials of CAM therapies for menopausal symptoms in order to better inform practice and guide future research, posted in PubMed, showed that soy seems to have modest benefit for hot flashes, but studies are not conclusive. Isoflavone preparations seem to be less effective than soy foods. Black cohosh may be effective for menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes, but the lack of adequate long-term safety data (mainly on estrogenic stimulation of the breast or endometrium) precludes recommending long-term use. Single clinical trials have found that dong quai, evening primrose oil, a Chinese herb mixture, vitamin E, and acupuncture do not affect hot flashes; two trials have shown that red clover has no benefit for treating hot flashes.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Botanical and dietary supplements for menopausal symptoms

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health   

According to researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago, in the study of Botanical and dietary supplements for menopausal symptoms: what works, what does not, posted in PubMed, showed that the evidence to date suggests that black cohosh is safe and effective for reducing menopausal symptoms, primarily hot flashes and possibly mood disorders. Phytoestrogen extracts, including soy foods and red clover, appear to have at best only minimal effect on menopausal symptoms but have positive health effects on plasma lipid concentrations and may reduce heart disease. St. John's wort has been shown to improve mild to moderate depression in the general population and appears to show efficacy for mood disorders related to the menopausal transition.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Soy nut consumption and decreased menopausal symptoms

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health 
 
In the study to examine the effect of soy nuts on hot flashes and menopausal symptoms, posted in PubMed, researchers at the Beth Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, indicated that substituting soy nuts for nonsoy protein in a TLC diet and consumed three or four times throughout the day is associated with a decrease in hot flashes and improvement in menopausal symptom

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Monday, September 17, 2012

You Can Create A Delicious Tofu Dessert At Home

Posted by Chantel M. Recipe contributed By


If you look online, as you probably already have, for tofu desserts, you'll be amazed at how many you will encounter. There is everything from tofu ice cream to tofu fritters. Just about any dessert that your mind can imagine, has the ability to be created using tofu. Here is a wonderful and delicious dessert that you may enjoy making at home for your family and friends to enjoy.
Cranberry Tofu Dessert Recipe
This cranberry tofu dessert is easy to make and very scrumptious. It has lots of flavor and the tofu adds such a lovely creamy texture to the dessert. Here are the ingredients and the steps involved to create this appealing dessert. The ingredients needed are as follows:
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened orange juice
1 (10 ounce) package "slice and bake" sugar cookie dough
1 (10 ounce) package light silken tofu, extra firm
3 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
As you begin, place all the ingredients on the counter nearby so they will be easy to find. Flour the work area and then roll out the chilled sugar cookie dough to about an eight of an inch thick. With your rolling pin, roll the dough out to approximately eleven inches in diameter and then place this dough in a spring form pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the dough for twelve to fourteen minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Next, you will need to combine the cranberries, sugar, water, cornstarch and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Stir all the ingredients together and bring them to a boil for one minute. Remove this from the heat and let it cool. Drain the tofu, then wrap it in a paper towel to remove the excess water. Cut the tofu into pieces and then place it in a food processor or blender. Blend the creamy tofu, vanilla extract, almond extract and the sugar. Continue blending until smooth. Spread this mixture over the cookie dough crust then arrange the cooled cranberry sauce on top. Set this in the refrigerator and allow to cool, and then cut and serve.
This unique tofu dessert recipe will be able to serve around 12 people and is both flavorful and nutritious. Many will never even guess that is it made from tofu. This dessert is completely lactose free, which is good for those who are intolerant. As you are blending the tofu, try to get it as smooth and creamy as possible. This will ensure that the tofu will pick up the flavors of the other ingredients in order that the wonderful flavor will not be compromised. For other awesome tofu dessert recipes, look online, visit your local library or shop at your neighborhood bookstore.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Best Hamburger Recipe Ideas: Mushroom Tofu Burgers

Posted by Chental M. Recipe contributed By KC Kudra

Whether you are planning a nice quite evening at home eating a healthy and nutritional meal with your family or you are already dreaming about all that outdoor grilling you will soon be doing, you want to find and use the best hamburger recipe ideas you can find. You might enjoy eating burgers and homemade hamburger buns that are simple to make and are so filling as well. For instance, you might like to learn how to make mushroom tofu burgers recipe.
This is an easy recipe that you can use to make anywhere from 15 to 18 medium size mushroom tofu burgers for you and your family or for any guests you might invite to a BBQ. Having these types of burgers on hand for any occasion such as when you are grilling outside will make life easier and much more delicious for anyone who may prefer not to include meats in their daily diets. These burgers go well with any of the healthy recipes you make for homemade burger buns.
For instance, imagine eating these delicious mushroom tofu burgers on whole wheat burger buns, garlic buns or even some homemade onion burger buns. Preparing these burgers is easy. After making them, you can simply garnish them with the different types of toppings you might enjoy such as tomatoes, pickles, and lettuce. Serving these burgers with grilled vegetables, a mouthwatering side salad of fresh vegetables and a delicious dessert should satisfy the cravings for a good burger meal.
Recipe for Mushroom Tofu Burgers
What You Need
  • 2 chopped onions
  • ¾ pounds chopped mushrooms
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 pounds firm tofu
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 package frozen spinach 10 ounce
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
How to Make It
Allow the frozen spinach to thaw and then drain it and then press all the fluid out of the spinach. Set aside until needed.
Using a large size saucepan or skillet add a small amount of water and then the chopped onions, chopped mushrooms and crushed garlic cloves. Saute until the vegetables are softened and the liquid is absorbed.
Using a large mixing bowl mash the tofu and then add the rolled oats and mix well. Add the spinach, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper, paprika, and lemon juice. Mix all ingredients until they are well combined.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stir this mixture into the mushroom and onion mixture. Combine well to blend and then divide the dough into equal pieces of about 15 to 18 pieces. Shape these individuals pieces into burger patties and then place them on non-stick baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Place in the preheated oven to bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the tofu burgers over onto the other side. Return burgers to the hot oven and bake for about 10 minutes more as the burgers turn a light golden brown.
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tofu Pizza - Easy Recipe For Low Calorie Diet

Posted by Chantel M. Recipe contributed By
Tofu Pizza Recipe is cheese less and delicious, perfect for vegetarians or people who are on low calorie diet. While tofu might have a reputation for being boring and monotonous, however, there are many creative and easy tofu recipes that can help to make some of the unhealthiest meals healthier in the process, such as your favorite dishes-Pizza.
To make a pizza dish that is both tasty and healthy, it only needs a few creative tofu substitutes in your favorite pizza recipe, and it will definitely make your pizza delicious.
Creating such a dish, the ingredients that are needed including: 160ml unsweetened soy milk, 250g wholemeal flour, 20g oil, 10g yeast, 10g sugar, a pinch of salt, ½ package extra firm tofu, 5 pieces dried Chinese mushrooms, 50g snow peas, 50g baby corn, 30g red pepper, 30g green pepper, 30g water chestnut, and 60ml hoison sauce.
The first step for this a healthy version of tofu pizza recipe is to create the pizza base. Sift the flour into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, yeast, and 50ml of the soy milk and sit the bowl somewhere warm until the contents start to foam.
After the yeast ferments, put the flour and salt into a large bowl, create a dent in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture, along with the remainder of the soy milk and oil.
Tip the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough firmly until no longer sticky. Cover it with a cloth until it rises and has approximately doubled in size. Once ready, shape it in a pan and put the base on a floured baking sheet ready for topping.
Spread the hoisin sauce over the pizza dough. Place all of the vegetable toppings on top of the sauce, and sprinkle the top with crumbled, extra firm tofu. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden around the edges. You might consider using other toppings if you so desire.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

The optimal soy protein and isoflavone intakes for women

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
In the study to provide guidance on optimal soy intake, this article evaluates Asian soy consumption and both clinical and Asian epidemiologic studies that examined the relationship between soy intake and a variety of health outcomes. On the basis of these data and the standard principles of dietary practice the author, posted in PubMed, suggested that optimal soy protein and isoflavone intakes are 15-20 g/day and 50-90 mg/day, respectively. In addition, an intake of 25 g/day soy protein can be specifically used as the recommendation for cholesterol reduction.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Most Powerful Recipe Soup Diet - Chinese Tofu Recipe

Post By Chantal. M. Recipe contributed By

Most of the people who wants to lose some extra pounds are not aware of the fact, that there are no quick weight loss diets and programs. You did not gain weight overnight, thus you can't expect to lose weight in very short period.
Finding some low carb and fat diet recipes to follow will making the weight loss task much easier. The one in particular that you definitely want to try out is Chinese tofu recipe called: "Milk Tofu (Bean Curd) Soup".
Tofu is an important source of proteins, it contains calcium, iron, B vitamins and naturally occurring phytoestrogens. It has no cholestrol and is low in calories and staurated fat.
The ingredients in this Chinese tofu recipe you need are: 200g/8oz fresh Tofu, 200ml/ 1/3pint semi-skimmed milk, salt, 1tsp sugar, 1 spring onions(finely chopped), a sprinkle of chicken powder could add more flavour to the soup.
Making the soup couldn't be simpler, put tofu in a sauce pan, add the milk and some water, then bring it to boil. Simmer for a few minutes (don't let the milk drying up). Add the seasoning to taste, garnish with spring onions and serve it hot.
If you're really committed to lose some weight, you can use this Chinese tofu recipe for few days. The first day eat as it is. The following days you also can add more ingredients, such as cucumber, tomatoes. It will add more fiber to your diet and also it will increase your metabolism.
By increasing the metabolism you are giving the body a need to have more amount of protein. Metabolism, if increased, would result in taking much fluid thus weight loss would happen gradually. A permanent weight loss may be achieved through increasing metabolism and this process provides different benefits.
Pay attention to what you eat, set realistic weight loss goals and incorporate regular exercises in your daily routine are the three elements that ensure your weight loss success.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chinese Tofu Recipe - Tofu With Chinese Sausage Recipe

Posted by Chantel M. Recipe contributed by By

Tofu is a food originated from China, and is made by coagulating soy milk. Tofu is low in calories, no saturated fat or cholesterol, and contain pretty high amount of iron. Besides, due to tofu is made by soy milk, it is high in protein as well. Thus, for those weight watchers, vegetarians, health conscious and dairy product intolerance people, tofu is always their good choice of food.
Tofu itself has very little flavor or smell. So it can be used to cook with any dishes or ingredients. However, also due to its blend taste, it is not easy to cook a nice, tasty tofu dish as well. In order to use tofu as main ingredient for the dish, one would need to be able to make the taste or essence of side ingredients to be blended into the tofu.
There are many different types of tofu in the market. One needs to choose the right tofu for right dish. For example, soft tofu is suitable for soup, dessert, and steaming, and firm tofu is more suitable for stir fry, or deep fried.
Here is one easy-to-follow Chinese tofu recipe
Ingredients:
• 2 Chinese sausage (can get it from Asian market)
• 2 cakes medium firm tofu
• 1 spring onion, cut into 1 inch sections
• 1 red chili, thinly sliced
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon soy sauce
• 0.8 cup water
• 3 cup cooking oil
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
• Pinch of MSG
Methods:
1. Put in the Chinese sausage into a steamer, steam for 12 minutes. Cut them diagonally into thin slices
2. Cut the tofu into 12 square pieces.
3. Heat up wok and cooking oil over medium heat. Fried tofu for 3 minutes until golden brown. Drain with paper towels and set aside
4. Heat wok and 1 teaspoon cooking oil. Stir fry spring onion and red chili for about 2 minutes. Add in salt, soy sauce, water and fried tofu. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat
5. Add in Chinese sausages and cornstarch mixture. Stir well until sauce is thickened
6. Ready to serve
Chinese cooking is not as difficult as what you imagine. Simple ingredients can make up a nice, delicious dish as long as you choose the right ingredients and right cooking method. You can get more free Chinese recipes from Chinese Recipe Online. There, you can get lots of free Chinese recipes on vegetable and tofu, seafood, soup and more.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The optimal soy protein and isoflavone intakes for women

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health


In the study to provide guidance on optimal soy intake, this article evaluates Asian soy consumption and both clinical and Asian epidemiologic studies that examined the relationship between soy intake and a variety of health outcomes. On the basis of these data and the standard principles of dietary practice the author, posted in PubMed, suggested that optimal soy protein and isoflavone intakes are 15-20 g/day and 50-90 mg/day, respectively. In addition, an intake of 25 g/day soy protein can be specifically used as the recommendation for cholesterol reduction.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Advantages of Pressing Tofu

Posted By Chantel M. Recipe contributed By
Pressing tofu is a very simple way to make any tofu dish taste better and improve the texture. Although not all tofu recipes specify to use pressed tofu, it can be applied to any recipe. Some people buy tofu presses which are in the shape of a box and specifically designed to press tofu. However, there is no particular advantage to this as the same results can be seen with some paper towel and a heavy object.
The main advantage of pressing tofu is that it enhances the flavor. The liquid that tofu is packaged in is not as tasty as the marinate or the flavor of the dish you are cooking. Therefore, by removing this tasteless liquid, the tofu can absorb more of the flavors you are cooking with. For this very reason, many restaurants press a majority of their tofu dishes.
When cooking tofu, some people complain about the smell of the liquid that it is packaged in and is therefore a 'turn off' to cooking and eating tofu. If this is the case with you, pressing tofu will remove this liquid and although you will still be able to smell it, you will have peace of mind in knowing that you are not eating this smelly liquid.
If you have not pressed tofu before you should definitely give it a go. If you have ever wondered why you are unable to cook tofu like restaurants do then pressing the tofu is probably the reason. However, keep in mind that pressing tofu is mainly for marinating or dishes with a high quantity of liquid.
Visit The Vegetarian Blog for more information on a vegetarian diet and lifestyle. Also, you may be interested in knowing how to press tofu [http://www.thevegetarianblog.com/2009/05/how-to-press-tofu/].

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Soy foods: are they useful for optimal bone health

Posted by Chantel M. research contributed  US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

According to the study of Dr. Lanou AJ, posted in PubMed, in the evidence is reviewed regarding the question of whether soy foods contribute to a dietary pattern in humans that supports and promotes bone health, showed that Soy foods are associated with improved markers of bone health and improved outcomes, especially among Asian women. Although the optimal amounts and types of soy foods needed to support bone health are not yet clear, dietary pattern evidence suggests that regular consumption of soy foods is likely to be useful for optimal bone health as an integral part of a dietary pattern that is built largely from whole plant foods.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Two Simple and Authentic Udon Recipes

Posted by Chantel M., Recipe contributed By

Having lived in Japan for 8 years, I can personally attest to Udon noodles having saved my poor student butt a number of times. A straight bowl of Udon noodles with an egg can be had for about $3 in Kyoto, so it's pretty much a standard for every student in the weeks (or god forbid months) before the next loan check comes in. There's even a famous little shop in Kyoto that will let you have a bowl for free if you do half hour of washing plates afterward!
But first, I must clear something up. While browsing the web for Udon recipes, I find hundreds of sites that refer to the thin regular noodles as Udon. They aren't, they are simply Ramen noodles. Only one particular part of Japan has thin Udon noodles, and they don't export it. Udon noodles are very much thicker and altogether more meatier than regular noodles, so please don't confuse the two. That isn't to say that Ramen noodles aren't just as tasty, but the two are very distinct. In fact, if you wanted to make any of these recipes with with either kind of noodle, you could probably get away with it.
So today, I'm going to teach you two of my favorite student recipes from my memories of Udon. Yes, I do have many memories of Udon from Kyoto - not temples, shrines, geisha girls and beautiful scenery - but Udon. Anyway, as the Japanese would say "Let's learning cooking Udon!"
Kitsune Udon:
The is the incredibly cheap kind of Udon dish you can buy in Kyoto, though you could actually spend a fortune on one if you went to one of the high class Udon places. The name Kitsune, meaning Fox, comes from a legend that Japanese foxes like to eat the fried tofu stuff. Or so they say... It's a very simple recipe, and you will need:
- 1 or 2 slices of Abura Age, or Fried Tofu
- 1 pack of Udon per person.
- Dashi
- Soy sauce
- Mirin
- Kamaboko fish cake
Preparation:
We need to do a little prep on the Abura Age before cooking the main dish. First, pour boiling water over it to remove the excess oil. Next, put the Abura Age in a pan along with 3/4 cup of dashi, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Simmer this until the watery part has disappeared leaving only the flavor filled Abura Age bits.
Next, heat the Udon noodles as indicated on the packet - which generally means boiling water for 5-10 minutes. In the meantime, combine the following in pan and heat to make the sauce: 5 cups dashi, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons mirin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Finally, drain the noodles and put them in a bowl along with the soup you made. Add some Kamaboko and the pre-prepared Kamaboko on top. Done! Authentic Kyoto Kitsune Udon.
Curry Udon:
Believe it or not, curry flavored anything (or kare as they like to call it) is remarkably popular in Japan. Don't be fooled though - Japanese curry generally taste nothing like real curry. It's sweeter and has pretty much zero spiciness to it. It was inevitable that as the Curry flavor invaded Japan, someone would decide to combine it with something traditional, like Udon. Here's what you'll need to make enough for 2:
- 1 cubes of Japanese curry stock. It IS different to regular curry powder, so be sure to hit up your local Asian supermarket.
- 2 tablespoons of dashi powder
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine
- A dash of Soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
- 1 and 1/2 bowls of water
That's it for the basic curry soup with Udon in it, but you're probably going to want something else in there too. I'd suggest the following ingredients, but it's really open to suggestion so don't feel like you have to follow exactly.
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 carrot
- A few shiitake mushrooms
- Some bamboo shoots
- Tofu slices
Preparation:
You'll need to boil the mushrooms for about 20 minutes if you buy the dried Chinese kind. If you buy fresh, the only other bit of prep you need to do is to cut the chicken into bite size pieces and slice the carrot. Fry the chicken for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms, bamboo shoots and carrot. Continue frying for a bit.
Combine the other ingredients (except the Tofu) in a pan and simmer, then add the fried chicken and bits. Simmer this down until you have your desired consistency. Tofu should be added at the last moment to avoid it breaking into little pieces and dissipating into the soup. The Udon should be prepared separately, following the instructions on the packet. Drain the Udon, add the soup, and finish with some spring onions or sliced leek on top!
Well, that's it for now. I hope you enjoy these quick and cheap Udon recipes. You can find a whole lot more at this super Udon Recipe [http://www.udonrecipes.com/] site I found.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Delicious Japanese Oden Recipe That Will Keep You Warm In Winter

Posted by Chantel M., Recipes contributed By

There is a vast variety of dishes that Japanese cuisine offers. There are also many regional specialties. Having lived in Japan for many years taught me which dishes are best for summer and which are best for winter. I remember the apartment that I rented when I first came to Japan. It was just below the mountain and just beside a stream. The view was awesome but it was terribly cold in winter. The apartment lacked proper insulation unlike the apartments that we got at home. To help me survive the cold winter nights, I had to dress up like an Santa Clause and eat lots of oden.
So what is oden? Oden is a popular Japanese pot dish in which is simmered slowly in dashi (flavoring) or in a sauce based in soy sauce. It is usually prepared in a big ceramic pot called "donabe" or a big aluminum pot called "onabe". Oden ranks high and is a favorite of many Japanese families. There are many numbers of oden recipes and here is one.
Looking for the right ingredients is not easy if you do not have access to a Japanese grocery or store nearby. I was able to find some ingredients being sold online. Most of the ingredients are difficult to make from scratch and can be time consuming to prepare so I just buy them at a nearby Japanese grocery or buy them online.
Oden Recipe (for four)
Ingredients:
- One big radish
- Three carrots
- Three medium size potatoes
- Five boiled eggs (peeled or egg shell removed)
- Two blocks of "konyaku"
- Five fish cake blocks or "chikuwa"
- Three block of soft tofu
- Five slices of "atsuage" (deep fried tofu)
- Your choice of dashi flavoring (flavor broths) or soy sauce
- Three tablespoons of Japanese rice wine or "sake"
-Two tablespoons of sugar or "mirin"
Preparation:
- Peel the radish and slice it into thick rounds
- Peel potatoes and cut in half
- Peel and cut carrots into big pieces
- In a big pot, add all the ingredients listed above.
- Add fish cake and atsuage inside the pot.
- Add the dashi or flavoring, Japanese rice wine and sugar
- Add the eggs and the soft tofu
- Bring the pot to boil and add a bit of water and "dashi" when the level of the soup goes down.
- Reduce heat and its done
I hope this delicious oden recipe will keep you warm in winter somehow.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Soy isoflavones and Breast cancer and puberty timing

Posted by Chantel M. Contributed by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In the study of Soy isoflavones and human health: breast cancer and puberty timing, posted in PubMed,  by the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, researcher indicated that the review summarizes recent studies and analyzes factors that could explain the variability of results. In mammary tissue, from the cellular endocrine viewpoint, we analyze the effect of isoflavones on the estrogen receptor and their capacity to act as agonists or antagonists. On the issue of puberty timing, we analyze the mechanisms by which girls, but not boys, with higher prepuberal isoflavone intakes appear to enter puberty at a later age.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How To Select the Right Tofu For Your Recipe

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Tofu is a very versatile food product that is great for both vegetarians and people wanting to limit their consumption of meat. Many consumers, however, don't understand the basic differences between the various types of tofu available for purchase. Depending on what you intend to do with the recipe, you'll either want to purchase it as firm, extra firm, or silken.
Firm tofu is the most popular type of tofu sold. It is usually sold in small plastic tubs in the dairy section of the grocery store. The main reason for its popularity is that it can be easily cubed and fried with little preparation. This tofu can be both pan-fried and deep-fried and will form a delicious golden crust with creamy middle when prepared. It can also be cubed and added to salads to provide a distinct texture that contrasts well with romaine lettuce and other green vegetables.
Extra firm tofu, also called brick tofu, is often used as a replacement for meat in both vegetarian and Asian cuisines. The tofu can be pressed in order to remove excess moisture and make it even more firm. At that point, it has the same texture and feel of meats such as chicken breast. Extra firm tofu can either be fried or grilled and can be served with pastas as well as on sandwiches You can even barbecue it.
Silken tofu is also known as Japanese tofu. It is a thick liquid that is similar in thickness to heavy cream. It can be used to prepare dips and mixes well with soups. One of the more common uses of silken tofu is to make light deserts that are dairy free. It pairs nicely with fruits such as strawberries and can be used to make an excellent parfait. When poured into an oiled skillet over medium high heat, it can be scrambled, the texture of which resembles scrambled eggs. Unlike firm and extra firm, silken tofu cannot be pressed as it crumbles very easily. Because of its delicate nature, it is usually sold in tetra packs in the grocery store.
If you're new to cooking with tofu, there really isn't any need to be intimidated by it. It is a very healthy food source that offers excellent nutrition and even helps to regulate estrogen levels in women. All you have to do is find a recipe that sounds appetizing and then buy the appropriate tofu for it. Once you've become adept at cooking with tofu, you may abandon meat products altogether.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Soy and mammographic density

Posted by Chantel M. Contributed by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In the evaluation of  the association between serum levels of phytoestrogens and MD in postmenopausal women.  269 women, ages 55-70 yr,  received a screening mammogram and had no history of postmenopausal hormone use, posted in PubMed, showed that Genistein and daidzein levels correlated with self-reported soy consumption. Mean percent MD did not differ across women with different phytoestrogen levels. For example, women with nondetectable genistein levels had mean density of 11.0% [95% confidence intervals (CI) = 9.9-12.4], compared to 10.5% (95% CI = 8.0-13.7) and 11.2% (95% CI = 8.7-14.6) for < and ≥median detectable levels, respectively. In a population with relatively low soy intake, serum phytoestrogens were not associated with mammographic density.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Soy isoflavone supplementation and body weight and glucose metabolism

Posted by Chantel M. Contributed by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health


In a a systematic review and a meta-analysis to confirm the effects of soy isoflavone supplementation on body weight, fasting glucose, and insulin level in non-Asian postmenopausal women, posted in PubMed, researchers at the Public Health College, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, indicated that nine studies with 528 participants for body weight, 11 studies with 1182 participants for fasting glucose, and 11 studies with 1142 participants for fasting insulin were included, respectively. Significant reductions were found in body weight [weighted mean difference (WMD), -0.515; 95%CI: -0.895 to -0.134; P = 0.008), glucose level (WMD, -0.189; 95%CI: -0.344 to -0.033), and fasting insulin level (WMD, -0.940; 95%CI: -1.721 to -0.159) with soy isoflavone supplementation compared with placebo control group in non-Asian postmenopausal women after adjusted by unpublished studies. Furthermore, isoflavone supplementation in shorter duration (<6 mo) could significantly reduce body weight (WMD, -0.506; 95%CI: -0.888 to -0.124; P = 0.009) and longer duration (≥6 mo) could significantly reduce blood glucose in postmenopausal women (WMD, -0.270; 95%CI: -0.430 to -0.110; P = 0.001). Meanwhile, more reduction in body weight was observed in the lower dose subgroup (dose < 100 mg). Moreover, it is more effective to reduce body weight and fasting insulin level with soy isoflavone supplementation in normal weight (body mass index < 30) than obese (body mass index ≥ 30) women.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Creative Tofu Recipe

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As more and more people look for ways to optimize their health they continue to turn a critical eye to the foods they are eating. What they discover is that there are a bevy of delicious and nutritious substitutes for the highly caloric and unhealthy foods they have been eating up until this point. When it comes to finding protein sources that do not contain the cholesterol and fat content found in meat products, people are beginning to rediscover tofu. And as a way to integrate tofu into every day life, people continue to add each tofu recipe that they find into their stockpile of delicious dishes.
Tofu is a soybean based product made from curds that are pressed into useable blocks that can be used in a tofu recipe. Soft tofu, derived directly from soy milk, is extremely moist; because of its similarity to custard, it is often used as an ingredient in a tofu recipe for dessert. Firm tofu, that contains less moisture, holds its shape and is conducive to a main dish tofu recipe. Dried tofu has the lowest moisture content and is most like meat in its texture. When used in a tofu recipe, dried tofu is often crumbled, sliced, or pressed into noodles. Tofu has very little natural flavor; the reason people enjoy it is because the tofu found in a tofu recipe actually absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients in the dish.
The health benefits of eating a tofu recipe are numerous. High in protein and low in calories, tofu also contains no cholesterol. Research has shown that the soy protein found in tofu may go a long way towards reducing heart disease.
But the benefits of making a tofu recipe extend beyond the health benefits - which are numerous. Tofu can be frozen making it a convenient ingredient for those throw together meals. In many cases tofu can be used as a substitute in any recipe that traditionally calls for meat. Suddenly a meat-based recipe becomes a tofu recipe. Tofu can also be made into a puree and used as a dairy substitute in any tofu recipe.
Tofu is nothing if not versatile; it can be served fried, stewed, raw, grilled, stir fried, in soups, or in filling or stuffing. But no matter what your taste in food, you will likely find a tofu recipe to suit you.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Soy and red clover for mid-life and aging


Posted by Chantel M. Contributed by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In the review of the evidence available for use of isoflavones from soy and red clover for the treatment or prevention of these health issues, posted in PubMed, researchers at the University of Illinois, showed that Isoflavone products appear to be the most useful for improving lipid profiles; however, the evidence suggests that isoflavone extracts from soy are less effective than products containing soy protein or red clover isoflavones. Soy protein appears to reduce levels of total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol, while red clover reduces levels of triglycerides and increases high density lipoprotein cholesterol. The data were somewhat less convincing, although promising, for increasing bone mass density and improving cognitive abilities.

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