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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A judge tastes a wine during the 'International Wine Challenge' event at the Barbican centre on April 20, 2010 in London, England. Judges will taste from over 10,000 bottles of wine from across the globe, with wines in each category winning either Gold, Silver or Bronze in the biggest and most important event of its kind in the world. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

When you think of booze, you probably assume it isn’t good for you. Scientists at The National University of Singapore have just created the first healthy glass of alcohol.

Associate Professor Liu Shao Quan and PhD student Mr Chua Jian Yong developed a process to turn tofu into booze, as a solution to the waste and environmental pollution caused by its manufacturing.

No, this isn’t a magic trick! It took the team three months in order to perfect the product. Disposed of tofu is placed in a fermentation process, which turns the ingredient into a yellowish liquid. From there, the brew is mixed with sugar, acid, yeast and whey.


Within two weeks, the Sachi drink is ready to be tasted. For those who are curious about what the tofu alcohol tastes like, according to the Independent, it is said to have a “fruit, floral flavor”. Thrillist notes that the tofu drink has about 7-8% alcohol. They also note that this percentage of alcohol is comparable to an IPA.


For those folks looking to drink, but stay within their dietary plans, this may be the best option. Independent notes that since the item is made from “soybeans, it contains notably high levels of soy nutrients, while the waste also features an abundance of calcium.”

Business Insider also adds, “health benefits like bone health, heart health, and cancer prevention”.

Guilt-free alcohol? Yes, please!


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp 

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