RE: Tofu & Tempeh
Posted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 6:23 AM
Tofu and tempeh are made from soy, so they would fit into the legume group. Both are somewhat processed, obviously, so we would suggest reading the label to find the lower-fat versions if you have type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or trying to lose weight.
Calories are of course ultimately why we gain and lose weight. However, if you have to count calories, then you may not be eating a quality diet. Healthy animals don't count calories, they just eat. But they eat a natural diet! So, we are encouraging people to make a qualitative shift as opposed to a quantitative shit.
Some vegans are not healthy, it's true. But like other Americans, they tend to eat highly processed foods, sugary foods, fried foods, etc. We do not suggest that. We want people to eat whole foods: fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains.
In all of our studies encouraging this diet, people lose weight, without monitoring portions or calories. It's very difficult to over eat such high-fiber foods.
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education