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Got Digestive Problems? Try Organic Non-GMO Tofu

by Mae Ferguson

If you suffer from digestive issues, such as gas and nausea every time you eat, try adding organic, non-GMO tofu to your diet. Non-GMO foods like organic tofu don't come from beans that are genetically modified by chemicals and hormones. Instead, non-GMO farmers use organic methods like natural animal fertilizer to grow their soybeans. Here's why you should try organic, non-GMO tofu.

How Do Suppliers Grow Non-GMO, Organic Soybeans?

Unlike naturally-grown or organic, non-GMO soybeans, over 90 percent of the regular soybeans used to make tofu in the United States contain chemicals or additives to make them grow faster or bigger for consumer use. Organic, non-GMO soybean suppliers and growers generally use crop rotation, natural sunlight and animal fertilizer to produce the product for consumers.

In addition, growers and suppliers of non-GMO soybeans must label their products with the non-GMO and organic logos before they sell their soybean-based products. You should look for both logos on your tofu products before you buy them. If the packaging of your products only say organic, they aren't non-GMO grown.

How Can You Benefit from Eating Organic, Non-GMO Tofu?

If you have problems digesting your food, the tofu's smooth texture and taste may help you do so. Tofu also contains protein and fiber, which are great for breaking down food and creating bulk in your stools. However, if you experience problems eating tofu, you may have food allergies to soybeans. You may want to find a gastroenterologist, or doctor who specializes in digestive health, about this issue. Organic tofu is normally a better alternative to eating meat proteins because it digests easier than these types of food.

What's the Best Way to Cook Organic, Non-GMO Tofu?

You can prepare your organic, non-GMO tofu with organic coconut oil, olive oil or soybean oil. The flavors of these oils won't overwhelm the tofu but instead enhance it. Try using organic or naturally grown vegetables to go with your tofu when you cook. For instance:

  • Saute your tofu with organic green and yellow peppers
  • Grill your tofu with naturally-grown tomatoes 
  • Bake your tofu with organic potatoes

If you prefer dessert, consider mixing or blending your tofu with raspberries, blueberries and avocados. These healthy fruit choices may also come as organic, non-GMO products. They also build a healthy digestive system because they're packed with protein and fiber.

You can speak to your gastroenterologist about your diet when you contact him or her for an appointment. Your doctor may also offer other tips on how to eat non-GMO food products to help ease your digestive problems.