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. It may be more expensive to buy, so possibly worth looking at making it yourself – The Tofu Box.
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.
When I ask clients what they use to feed their dogs their wormers/medication or supplements, 90% of them will reply that they use cheese (it is never confessed first – only if prompted, will they acknowledge how much their dog loves cheese and rushes to the sound of the opening fridge and rustle of packets in the cheese drawer!) We’ve all done it – I confess too to it before I turned vegan! Cheese and cheese snacks are addictive to humans and if we have been sharing our guilty secret with our pets, we have very easily turned them into little addicts too!
Why is cheese and all cheese snacks so addictive?
What makes cheese so addictive is the extremely high concentration of the milk protein casein that, when digested, results in casomorphins. Casomorphins are opioids, belonging to the same chemical family as morphine and opium, inducing euphoric feelings and lowering pain.