These are whole, immature soybeans, sometimes referred to as vegetable-type soybeans. They are green and differ in colour from regular soybeans which are typically light-brown, tan or beige. Traditionally they are added to salads, soups and stews, noodle dishes or even eaten as a snack. It is also served in many sushi bars, as well as, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Admittedly soy products are controversial with the claim that it interferes with thyroid function. However, its health benefits are many. Here are some:
HIGH IN PROTEIN - Getting enough protein is extremely necessary on a daily basis. Beans are amongst the best plant-based protein sources. Indeed, they are the cornerstone of many vegan and vegetarian diets. Unlike most plant proteins, they provide all the essential amino acids needed by the body, although in reduced amounts. 1 cup of cooked edamame provides about 18.5 grams of protein.
LOWERS CHOLESTEROL - Yes, this is a major concern to all in the health industry. In fact, observational studies have linked abnormally high cholesterol to heart disease. While being a decent source of proteins, it is also rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin K.
DOESN’T RAISE BLOOD SUGAR - We all would like such a source of snacking and food. Relative to proteins and fat, it is low in carbs. It also measures very low on the glycemic index. As a result it is valuable for diabetics, and even helpful to your weight loss approach.
RICH IN VITAMINS/MINERALS - Compared with mature soybeans, edamame supplies a higher quantity of folate, vitamin K1, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Iron, Copper, and Manganese. In fact, consuming 1 cup of edamame will supply you with 52% of RDI for vitamin K, and more than 100% for folate. It is also known to greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer and menopausal symptoms.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a healthy, rich protein snack option, EDAMAME is your choice.