Edamame beans are one of the latest crazes in the nutrition world. In North America, their popularity has been on the rise for the last couple of years. However in East Asia, where the beans originate, they have been used for thousands of years.
The edamame bean is a member of the soybean family. Unlike a regular soy bean which needs to be processed prior to consumption, the edamame bean can be served as a fresh vegetable or used in cooking. The edamame bean is harvested while the bean’s pod is still green and the seeds are only 80%-90% of their final size.
Nutritionally, edamame beans are very well rounded! They are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates (the good ones!) The beans also contain various amino acids, while being low in both fats and sugars. The nutrients found in the edamame beans help maintain a healthy life while lowering the risks of various ailments.
There are many benefits that come along with eating edamame beans. As the beans are high in antioxidants, research shows that they are great for maintaining healthy skin as well as repairing skin that may be damaged. These antioxidants, along with the other nutrients in the bean, can help strengthen the immune system.
The phosphorus, calcium, iron and vitamin E that are found in edamame beans are all necessary for our bone health. These vitamins and minerals are essential for maintaining our bone density.
Consuming edamame beans can also lead you to more success in weight management. These beans are a great snack because they have a high amount of protein while being low in calories. The fiber that is found in the beans is not only great for our digestion, but it aids in maintaining cholesterol levels, potentially helping to reduce risks of heart disease.
More studies have also claimed that edamame beans have been found to reduce or impede the growth of tumors, improve lung functioning, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as the beans may help control the blood sugar levels.
Enjoying edamame beans is a great healty choice!