What tofu do we recommend?
We recommend purchasing Nigari tofu which is tofu that has been made from soya milk curdled with brine (Nigari.) The brine is actually magnesium chloride, a byproduct of extracting salt from sea water. This particular tofu is superior to feed to our dogs as it contains this essential magnesium chloride.
Why did the ancient Chinese make tofu?
The very first tofu blocks were made from curdled soyabeans over 2000 years ago by the ancient chinese. The majority of Chinese adults suffer from a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down the lactose in milk and the common trigger for lactose intolerance; so by fermenting the soyabean, they found a way of cultivating all the goodness and being able to digest such a highly nutritious protein-rich food.
A mild lactose intolerance occurs in our dog’s digestion too as although dogs are not completely deficient in the enzyme to digest dairy products, some dogs will react very strongly to milk protein with signs of diarrhoea, very itchy ears or generalised scratching. Tofu is therefore ideal to feed to our plant-based dogs.
The only dogs that cannot eat tofu, are those with an intolerance to soya.
Dogs do love tofu – especially those aware that their owners eat it! It can be fed raw or cooked and fed as a snack, or it can be used to put any tablets in if your dog is on any daily medication.