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Re: FATFREE Digest V01 #288

On Thu, 8 Nov 2001 03:17:45 -0800, you wrote:

>Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 22:36:37 -0600
>From: "Susan Voisin" <svoisin@xxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: Tofu
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>> Is tofu fat free?
>> Lou
>> Tinton Falls, NJ
>Nope.  Tofu is about 50% fat (50% calories from fat).  Reduced fat tofu has
>about 30% calories from fat.  They should be used sparingly if you're trying
>to follow a very lowfat (10% calories from fat) diet.

This is true, but very deceptive without explanation.  

Tofu is a *low-calorie* food.  So even though tofu may have
up to 50% of its calories from fat, it's not a large amount
of fat - not very many fat grams.  

Tofu can, therefore, still have a place in a very lowfat

For example, 4 oz of regular tofu has a total of 110
calories and 6.7 grams of fat*.  Let's round it off, and
call it 7 grams of fat.  

If you are eating 2000 calories a day, and you wish your fat
intake to be 10% of your total calories, you would then be
allowed 200 calories in fat, or (roughly) 20 grams of fat.
(Actually a fat gram is 9 calories, but 10 is an easier
number to work with.)

If the 4 oz of tofu made your entree for dinner, its 7 grams
of fat will fit easily into your lowfat diet.  Remember that
your day's ration is 20 grams.   

Low-fat versions of tofu are now available, as you mention.
But even the regular tofu can fit into a lowfat diet, as
demonstrated above.


*The Complete Book of Food Counts, Corinne T. Netzer, Dell
Publishing, New York, 1994.