Edamame Health Benefits

Soybeans have been around for a long time. There’s a type soybean, called edamame, which is harvested when the plant is at a young age and is still green. Edamame is a popular food to snack on in Japan. It’s only recently that the popularity of this vegetable is spreading in America. Edamame has a nutty taste to it, and it’s a very nutritious vegetable to snack on. Edamame health benefits are many, and more benefits are being discovered about this green soybean as time goes on. This vegetable is prepared by boiling the beans in a pot of salt water, while they’re still in their pods. This way of preparing them makes them a nice side dish to any meal. They can also be taken out of their pods and can be incorporated in to salads and soups.

Protein & Fiber

Edamame is low in calories. Just one half cup of fresh, shelled edamame contains 100 calories. They’re very low in fat as well, with only two and a half grams of total fat. With 10 grams of protein, this soybean is wonderful for anyone who is a vegetarian and is looking to get more of this nutrient. The protein in edamame contains all nine essential amino acids that the body doesn’t make on its own. You’ll also get a good dose of fiber in a half cup of edamame. Fiber is important for a healthy digestive system, and you’ll get four grams of it in edamame. Fiber is also known to lower levels of cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. Fiber will also keep you feeling full for a longer period. Fiber is one of those nutrients that people find hard to get enough amounts of. Adding edamame will help you boost your fiber intake.

Along with heart healthy fiber, edamame also contains isoflavons, which is another key component to lowering the risk of heart disease. Isoflavons are also said to lower the chances of getting breast cancer, but this issue is still up for debate. Other heart healthy nutrients in edmame include vitamin K and folate. Folate also boosts the production of red blood cells. Folic acid is particularly important to women who are pregnant. Without enough folate, the baby’s spine may not develop fully and may cause other problems down the line.

Good Source of Calcium

This is a great vegetable to boost your intake of calcium also. You can get 8% of the recommended daily amount of calcium in one half cup of edamame. Proper amounts of calcium will help avoid osteoporosis by strengthening your bones. Calcium also promotes health teeth. Many people find it difficult to get the recommended amount of calcium and rely of taking supplement to boost their intake. By adding edamame to your regular diet, you can get calcium from a natural food source rather than relying of a supplement pill.

Fights Inflammation

Edmame also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great food to eat is you’re suffering from arthritis or other inflammatory diseases (natural cures for arthritis). People who deal with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, probably one of the most painful forms of arthritis can get some relief by eating edamame. This is a great food for people with asthma, as it can reduce inflammation in the breathing passages. This will result in less wheezing and coughing.

Edamame is gaining popularity in the health food industry. More edamame health benefits are being discovered every day. This green soybean can be found in Oriental stores and in natural food markets. It can sometimes be found in the frozen section in regular grocery stores. Edamame is helpful with several things. These green soybean offer many benefits, and more benefits will surely be discovered.

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Comments

  1. Doug C. says:

    Please do your research and stop promoting Soy. The reasons are many:
    1. 90% of all soy is GMO. GMO foods are banned in Europe for a reason.
    2. Soy contains anti-nutrients. Substances that prevent absorption of certain nutrients.
    3. Soy contains potent phyto-estrogens. The world is already over estrogenized with many xeno-estrogens as it is. This has led to many health problems.
    4. Soy protein isolate has been so chemically adulterated it’s practically useless.
    5. Many people are allergic to soy.
    6. There are other reasons for sure. Bottom line: Stay the hell away from ALL soy products.

  2. Thanks for a simple article with real do-able tips to why soy is good for you! I am including it in the blog carnival: http://www.BestBlogReview.com Your article has good value to the reader and is some real life things we can do everyday not only to reduce animal proteins in our life. Soy is a complete protein and great meat substititute! Thanks, Deb

  3. maegan bell says:

    i love soybeans. nice article.

  4. Beanny Sen says:

    Thank you for this wonderful informative article. I just love edamame.

  5. Doug C.
    Please do your research. Xeno-estrogens are dangerous chemical estrogens that have harmful effects. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring and, when ingested, can block the more dangerous estrogens we are inundated with artificially.
    I have rarely heard of people being allergic to soy. In contrast many people drink soy milk because of the negative side effects they experience when drinking cows milk.
    I don’t have issues with cows milk or other foods, but I believe that the closer to nature we can get with our foods, especially those with such powerful benefits, the better.

  6. On the subject of GMO foods. Yes, many food products are genetically altered. I don’t agree with this practice as a whole, but it’s been happening for centuries. Most recently, however, it seems to be causing growing concern as the foods are modified to potentially repel disease and insects. Not so sure that’s a good idea. But the majority of the corn raised here in the US has been GM for years. And yet, corn and corn products are in so many things. Wheat gluten has become a considerable concern as many have become allergic to it. I have rarely heard anyone say they were allergic to corn or corn products, even though its overuse because of environmental concerns has become an issue.

  7. Here’s a great article about soy and it’s benefits and risks.
    http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0605/safesoy.php
    Appears there is validity in Doug C.’s claims when it comes to American soy but not soy products as a whole.
    Always good to do the homework!

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