Now, we mentioned that TVP is made from soy, but how is textured soy protein made? TVP is a food product produced by separating soy protein from the other elements found in soybeans. After separation, while the soy paste is still hot, it’s compressed into various shapes such as flakes, chunks, nuggets and strips. Once it cools, the textured vegetable protein is dehydrated. To use it in recipes, it must be rehydrated before cooking.
What Is Textured Soy Protein Found In?
If you’ve been following a vegetarian diet for some time now, you’ve likely tried textured soy protein before. By itself, textured vegetable protein has a bland flavor, and while it can be enjoyed as is, its light flavor makes it easy to add to diverse cuisines. A common ingredient found in veggie burgers, hot dogs and many other vegetarian meat substitutes, TVP can be mixed with many ingredients and flavorings to imitate the meat products you’re used to eating.
Even if you’re not entirely plant-based, it’s not unusual to find textured soy protein in dishes that contain meat. With a texture so close to meat, it’s often added to meals like pasta as a meat extender making it appear as if the dish has more than it does.
Nutritional Information: Textured Soy Protein
Textured vegetable protein is a highly nutritious soy product. Loaded with protein and low in fat, TVP makes an excellent alternative to meat. Aside from being a vegetarian meat alternative, textured vegetable protein is also safe for those with celiac disease to enjoy as it’s naturally gluten free. Our textured vegetable protein is packaged in our separate, dedicated gluten free facility at Bob’s Red Mill and routinely tested for cross-contamination using R5 ELISA testing protocol to ensure its gluten free status.
While TVP may not add much flavor to your recipes, it will boost the nutritional value. Low in fat and calories, textured soy protein is an excellent source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Because soy contains all of the amino acids which the human body cannot synthesize, it’s a complete protein essential to human nutrition.