Let’s Talk Tempeh
With a full suite of nutritional benefits and a variety of ways to prepare it, tempeh is worth talking about.
BY VICKI MARTINEZ
There are plenty of reasons to give tempeh a top spot on your shopping list. It's versatile, flavorful, protein-packed and chock-full of nutritional benefits. Here’s why everyone is talking about tempeh.
Made by fermenting cooked whole soybeans, tempeh is high in protein and fiber, plus it's a great source of several key vitamins and nutrients.
Lightlife Foods is one of the leading producers of plant-based protein and was one of the first companies to bring tempeh into the mainstream health diet. A three-ounce serving of Lightlife Original Tempeh includes:
Plus, in a single serving, you'll get 6% DV calcium, 10% DV iron and 8% DV of potassium.
Another noteworthy mineral present in good amounts is manganese. Some research suggests a link between manganese and healthy bones, plus a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Because it's made from legumes, tempeh’s vitamin profile is excellent, containing thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. You also get nearly 20% DV of riboflavin.
A Powerful Probiotic
With more and more research bringing to light the importance of gut health, probiotic food sources are climbing the ladder of pantry staples. Tempeh is a fermented food, adding beneficial bacteria for a healthy gut-brain connection. A 2019 study published in Nature Microbiology indicates a link between a healthy gut microbiome and a lower incidence of depression.
Additional probiotic advantages from tempeh include:
Now that you're ready to add tempeh to your foods-to-love list, you may wonder how to cook it. Tempeh is extremely versatile and can be baked, grilled, steamed or sauteed. It's perfect for marinating because it soaks up the flavors of whatever it’s added to.