In a recent video, actress and designer, Tabitha Brown, declared her love and affection for a sandwich she bought at Whole Foods. She filmed herself eating the sandwich, literally singing her praise of the creation, and telling people to seek out a Whole Foods market to purchase the TTLA (tempeh, tomato, lettuce, and avocado sandwich).
What Is Tempeh?
Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans, which have been pressed into blocks, and it has a nutty flavor. It typically has a firm texture and many vegans eat it as a meat substitute. It contains 31 grams of protein per cup, but it also contains 18 grams of total fat and 320 calories per cup. Most of these fats, however, are poly- and monounsaturated fats (i.e. the good ones).
Many people claim that tempeh has many health benefits, for example, reducing cholesterol, stimulating healthy digestion, reducing menopausal symptoms, or increasing bone density. You also have to remember that tempeh is a soy product. Since it is fermented, it is better than average soy products. On the other hand, you have to take into consideration how the soybeans were grown. Over 90% of soybeans are genetically modified and grown with chemical pesticides. Tempeh also contains estrogen, which may have an effect on blood cholesterol.
We are telling you this because we want you to be aware of what you are putting in your body. It can be beneficial if you limit your consumption and aren’t eating a pound of tempeh every day. Try to purchase organic tempeh when possible. If you do feel like eating tempeh, you can venture to Whole Foods to try out this sandwich that Tabitha Brown is raving about.
We are glad that public figures like her are showing people that eating healthy and choosing vegan options are possible for anyone. What’s your favorite vegan food? Let us know in the comments.