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One might not think of tofu as a processed food, but it seems to follow the definition found here:

Food processing is any deliberate change in a food that occurs before it's available for us to eat.

Is tofu considered a processed food? If so, in the 'continuum' chart, which would tofu fall under?

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closed as off topic by Jefromi, rfusca, Aaronut Mar 21 '12 at 12:17

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Clearly tofu is processed by that definition. The only food I can think of that is not processed by that definition is a mother's breast milk when consumed directly from the nursing mother. All other food is processed in some way. What question are you really wanting answered? –  Flimzy Mar 21 '12 at 0:57
    
I don't see what this has to do with the scope of this site, as defined in the faq, unless you're asking how it's made. In particular, if you're thinking about nutritional characteristics of processed and unprocessed foods, that is most definitely off-topic. –  Jefromi Mar 21 '12 at 3:12
    
I kind of agree with @Jefromi - who cares whether or not some food is technically considered "processed"? Technically anything that's been cooked has been processed, which is almost everything on this site. –  Aaronut Mar 21 '12 at 3:13
    
I think the answer here is "yes, but who cares?" –  FuzzyChef Mar 21 '12 at 6:47
    
@Flimzy, breast milk is also processed, by the mamary glands. I think what jdev might have meant was is tofu chemically engineered or altered. –  Avien Mar 30 '12 at 20:03

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We are being bombarded with the message to eat less 'processed food' so asking what that might mean and which foods it includes is relevant.

Most of us will agree on the definition found here: www.getting-started-with-healthy-eating.com/processed-food Processed food refers to the products of food manufacturers; these products are literally manufactured in industrial processes.

Industrial is the key word. I can grind flour at home and bake bread but not with a mixer of 500rpm and 100 additives.

Any site with a more inclusive, favorable definition of 'processed food' is probably an industry representative

My opinion puts tofu at the same processing level as home curd cheese.

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great answer, don't know why you were downvoted. –  Avien Mar 30 '12 at 20:01

According to your definition, tofu is a processed food:

Tofu, also called bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks

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