Texturized Vegetable Protein in a Low-Carb Kitchen

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Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP) and Texturized Soy Protein (TSP), also known as textured vegetable or soy protein, are products made primarily from soy flour.

What Does It Look Like on the Shelf?

TVP and TSP are available in a variety of flavored and unflavored varieties, and sold dry, either in granules (which is most common), large chunks to small flakes. They need to be rehydrated during cooking.

What It Tastes Like

The flavor is neutral, so it absorbs the flavors of the other foods it is cooked with, much like tofu. It is often used as a meat substitute, as it is high in protein. It also contains a fair amount of fiber and is low in fat and carbohydrates.

In low-carb cooking, it can be used as a substitute for rice or other high-carb foods in casseroles and other recipes.

Where Can It Be Purchased?

TVP can be found mainly in health food stores, in the bulk foods section of many natural foods stores, and through community co-ops.

Soy Allergy Alert

NOTE: Those sensitive to soy should not eat TVP.

Also Known As

Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) and texturized soy protein (TSP) are also known as textured vegetable protein and textured soy protein.

Examples and Recipes

How Can a Vegetarian Work More Protein into a Low-Carb Diet?

Vegetarians always look for ways to get enough protein into their diet and the usual protein sources they turn to are whole grains. But, they come with a pretty high load of glucose -- not a good option for a low-carb diet.

Here are some high-protein, low-carb options:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy Foods (Milk, Yogurt, Cheese)
  • Whole Soy Beans
  • Soy Milk
  • Soy-Based Protein Foods (Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan)
  • Protein Powders
  • Nuts and Seeds
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