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Is Tofu an Acceptable Keto Meat Substitute for Vegans?

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  Published on July 30th, 2020
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  Last modified April 15th, 2021
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If you’re vegetarian or vegan and following a ketogenic diet, you may be looking for a keto meat substitute to help you get in your protein, but without all of the carbs! Tofu is a low-carb meat substitute that can be exchanged for meat in many keto recipes.   What is Tofu? The best meat substitute is tofu — a food derived from condensed soy milk pressed into solid white blocks. In a way, it’s similar to the cheesemaking process. The soy milk is typically blended with nigari — the mineral-rich coagulant substance leftover when salt is extracted from seawater. The nigari is used to help tofu solidify. The micronutrient profile of tofu varies depending on the coagulant used. Tofu emerged in China over 2,000 years ago, but today most of the world’s soybeans are grown in the United States. You can buy a variety of tofu products, including bulk or individual packages, refrigerated, dehydrated, canned, freeze-dried, or jarred. With tofu, you’ll probably see ingredients like soybeans, water, coagulants like calcium sulfate, and maybe some…

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