Why Is Tempe A Superfood from Indonesia?

Tempe or Tempeh? No matter how you spell it, Tempeh is known to be a superfood that is a versatile ingredient that comes with a variety of health benefits.

This Indonesian food is made from soybeans and underwent a long process of cooking, peeling, oxidation and fermentation. Rich in vitamin B12 and is a high-protein food, Tempe has nine essential amino acids that the body needs for healthy bones and muscles. There are many other soybean benefits from tempeh, what are they? Let's check it out!


Improve Digestive Health


Breaking down the sugar content is part of the fermentation process in making tempeh. The process breaks down phytic acid in soybeans, which helps improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. Tempeh also contains prebiotic to maintain a healthy digestive system.



Feel Full Easily


Tempeh contains a lot of soy protein which helps the body increase metabolism to burn more calories after meals. We quickly feel full as a result, reducing mid-day cravings and hunger along the way. Which makes Tempeh, one of the healthy snacks that are perfect for a clean eating diet.



Safe For Hypertension Patients


Another benefit of tempeh is that it can lower blood cholesterol levels, as the isoflavones and lecithin in soybeans have estrogenic and antioxidant properties. These two compounds help reduce blood fat and increase good cholesterol levels, so this vegan food is very safe for consumption for people with hypertension and heart disease.



Reduces Oxidative Stress


Studies show that soy isoflavones have antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress, which is a naturally occurring imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. The increase of free radicals is very dangerous and can trigger many diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. By eating healthy food, such as tempeh which is an antioxidant, free radicals can be neutralized.



Helps Maintain Bone Health


Tempeh is a great source of calcium to keep bones strong and solid. Adequate calcium intake can prevent the development of osteoporosis. The calcium in tempeh is as good as the calcium in milk, so if you skip drinking milk, eating tempeh is just as good. The benefits of tempeh in keeping bones healthy doesn't mean that you only rely on eating tempeh, but it must be accompanied by exercise too!



If you are a fan of tempeh and love snacking, we believe that you’ll try to find this Indonesian snack. Try our best-selling YUM! Tempe Chips. It doesn’t use any preservatives. It's gluten-free, dairy-free and a perfect snack for vegans.



Yum! Original Tempe Chips


YUM! Tempe Chips are a delicious Asian snack created using the highest-quality local soybeans that have been processed with traditional techniques and secret seasonings. Produces flavorful and crispy tempeh chips that will have you craving more. These tempeh chips are perfect for your movie partner, and you can eat as much of them as you want without feeling bad about it. 


Enjoy more halal snacks from YUM! Apart from Tempe Chips, you can enjoy the other crispy flavours of yum: YUM! Emping Chips and YUM! Shrimp Crackers. Curious to try all YUM! products!? Click here to find out more and you can also see other healthy snack options to stock up your pantry. Happy snacking, Snackmates!