“Tofu” (“Tofu” in German) has been established as a word in the countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, etc.
Everyone is now familiar with “tofu” globally.
“tofu” is definitely one of the representative of Japanese traditional food and it is recognized as a healthy diet.
Foods made of soybeans such as soy sauce, miso, tofu, deep-fried bean curd, natto, edible oil, etc. has deeply connected with the Japanese people.
It is not an exaggeration to say that they are the history of the Japanese diet.
“tofu” is a processed food made by hardening soy milk with coagulant.
Unlike other Asian countries, Japanese “tofu” has uniqueness of soft texture.
Because of the longevity of monks and the people who have often eaten “tofu” as a vegetarian food, “tofu” has been referred to as the macrobiotic diet since ancient times.
Through the recent establishment of nutritional science, it was scientifically proven that “tofu” is a very high quality protein food.
It might be said that “tofu” contribute the average life span of the Japanese to lengthen to a great extent. (male 80.21-years, female 86.61-years old, 2013)
We Japanese eat “tofu” by putting soy sauce or putting it into “Miso Soup”.
Japanese food so-called “Washoku” has a variety of healthy diet !!!
It should be a fun for you to try to taste genuine Japanese healthy diet when you are in Japan.