Edamame beans are whole, immature, green soybeans, the younger version of the regular mature soybeans, which are light cream.
Edamame beans are harvested when they are young, soft and green and they serve as an excellent plant-based protein snack which is eaten traditionally in Asia.
Edamame beans are a good source of many nutrients, antioxidants, low in calories, contains no cholesterol and are naturally gluten-free.
They are available fresh or frozen in pods, then shelled and eaten boiled or added to stir-fries, soups or salads. Below are 8 health benefits of this beans:
1. Promote heart health
Edamame beans contain fibre and antioxidants that are said to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. As per a study, 50 g of soy protein per day lowered LDL cholesterol levels by 3%.
Another review study showed that eating 47 g of soy protein daily can reduce total cholesterol levels by 9.3% and LDL cholesterol by 12.9%.
2. Prevent diabetes
Edamame beans don’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels as they are a low glycemic index food. This makes the green beans suitable for people with diabetes.
3. Help in weight loss
Edamame beans are a great source of fibre, which is known for helping in managing weight by working as a powerful natural appetite suppressant. This will prevent further food cravings and make you eat less.
4. Lower cancer risk
The isoflavones in edamame are said to lower cancer risk, especially breast cancer. One of the main isoflavones called genistein, possesses antioxidant properties that could inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
5. Prevent neurological conditions
Studies have shown that the isoflavones in soy may reduce the risk of cognitive decline. A 2015 study showed that soy isoflavones can help enhance cognitive function after menopause.
6. Boost energy
Edamame beans contain all the nine essential amino acids, which make them a complete protein source. Protein is an excellent nutrient that provides the body fuel and helps repair and build body’s tissues. Protein takes longer time to breakdown in the body, thereby serving as a long-lasting energy source.
7. Improve menopausal symptoms
Studies have shown that soy-based products are rich in isoflavones, which are said to lower the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Another 2017 study found that women who ate soy-based products for 12 weeks had fewer menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, fatigue, and depression.
8. Enhance eye health
Edamame beans are a good source of vitamin A, an essential vitamin known for improving eye health. This vitamin is also a component of rhodopsin, a protein present in your eyes that lets you see in low light conditions. Vitamin A is also linked to lowering the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Possible risks of edamame
Many are allergic to soy and soy-based products. So, consuming edamame beans can cause allergies like swelling, hives, and inflammation in the skin.
How to select and store edamame
You can buy fresh or frozen edamame. Choose frozen edamame beans which are free of added salt and spices. And if you are buying fresh edamame beans, you can refrigerate them for 7 to 10 days.
Salt and vinegar roasted edamame
2 cups shelled edamame
¼ cup white vinegar
¾ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F
In a bowl, add edamame, vinegar, salt and pepper
Mix it properly and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
Grease a baking sheet and place the edamame on to it in a single layer
Bake for 30 minutes, toss gently and then bake for 10 more minutes
Take it out and cool it
Serve and enjoy
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