Taho is one of the best snack foods in the Philippines. This signature snack food can be found all over the country. If you’ve been to the Philippines, you’ve probably heard of the taho vendor shouting “tahoooooo” as he comes almost exactly at the same time every morning.
Taho is not only good for our health, but is budget-friendly too. A Pinoy snack made of fresh soft or silken tofu, arnibal (sweetener and flavoring), and sago pearl or tapioca pearls.
Surprising health benefits of taho:
1. Reduced the risk of getting breast cancer.
>Tofu is an excellent food from a nutritional and health perspective. It is thought to provide the same sort of protection against cancer and heart disease as soya beans.
2. Helps prevent Heart Disease.
>The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of soy peptides found in fermented soy food like tofu can help protect the blood vessels from oxidative and inflammatory damage. More about this here.
3. Lowers Cholesterol.
>Soya protein is believed to help lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) which also helps in preventing obesity.
4. Prevents type 2 diabetes.
>High levels of total soy intake (approximately 200 grams per day) have also been associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes . Soy foods have been shown to lessen insulin resistance by increasing the synthesis of insulin receptors.
5. Reduces menopausal side effects.
>During the menopause, the body’s natural production of oestrogen stops and symptoms may arise. As phytoestrogens act as a weak oestrogen, they may help relieve symptoms by boosting levels slightly, reducing hot flushes in some women.
6. Helps your gastrointestinal tract.
>There is some evidence, mostly in animal studies, that soyasaponins can lessen the rate of lipid peroxidation in blood vessels, lessen absorption of cholesterol from the GI tract, and increase excretion of fecal bile acids.
Eating taho can let you remember your childhood days. Do you still remember your favorite taho vendor walking outside your house and shouting “TAHO” at the top of his lungs? Unceasingly, he would shout “TAHO” until you come out the door with your empty glass or cup.
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