What are the health benefits of tempeh?
The health benefits of tempeh are numerous. As opposed to many other soyfoods tempeh is made from whole soybeans, and possesses all the health benefits of soybeans
. Also the tempeh fermentation changes the properties of the soybeans.
High fiber content
One serving of tempeh contains more fiber than most peoples consume in one day. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract as well as preventing many chronic diseases.
Tempeh is easy to digest
Tempeh is a great choice for people who have difficulty digesting plant-based high-protein foods like beans and legumes or soy foods such as tofu. The process of fermentation makes the soybeans softer, since enzymes produced by the mould predigests a large portion of the basic nutrients.
The Rhizopus moulds produce an enzyme phytase which breaks down phytates, thereby increasing the absorption of minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium. The fermentation process greatly reduces the oligosaccharides that make beans hard to digest for some people. Studies have shown tempeh to be essentially non-flatulent and producing no more gas than non-legume food.
Ideal for people on low sodium diets
Unlike other fermented soy products, like miso which is very salty, tempeh is extremely low in sodium.
Contains natural antibioticsRhizopus
moulds produce natural, heat-stable antibiotic agents against some disease-causing organisms. Indonesians who eat tempeh as a regular part of their diet recognize it as a medicine for dysentery and rarely fall victim to the intestinal diseases to which they are constantly exposed.
Good for diabetic patients
The protein in tempeh is excellent for diabetic patients, who tend to have problems with animal sources of protein. The protein and fiber in tempeh can also prevent high blood sugar levels and help in keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Tempeh is not a reliable source of vitamin B12
. Vegans should not rely on tempeh, or other plant sources, as their sources of vitamin B12 and should take vitamin B12 supplements.