Soy gets a bad rap these days. While too much soy is probably not ideal for your health, fermented soy products like miso and tempeh are arguably healthier than their processed alternatives. Tempeh is a bit trickier to cook than tofu, but a good tempeh dish is worth the effort! Just make sure you’re buying organic tempeh, since non-organic soybeans are often genetically modified.
Health Benefits of Fermented Soy
Like tofu, tempeh is a great source of protein and fiber, but since tempeh is a fermented food, it has a host of other health benefits. It’s high in nutrients like manganese and copper. The protein in tempeh helps stabilize blood sugar, and because it’s fermented, it’s full of healthy probiotics.
Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that you typically associate with yogurt. Tempeh’s fermentation also produces rhizopus, which fights bad bacteria, and phytase, an enzyme that helps your body better absorb important nutrients like iron.
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