Edamame, or edamame beans, are immature soyabeans in the pods.
Soybeans are one of the worlds most popular food crops. They are widely processed and used as soy protein, tofu, soybean oil, soy sauce and miso.
Traditionally eaten in Asia, edamame are getting widely popular in the western countries, where it is typically eaten as a snack.
Edamame are a good source of protein. 100 grams of edamame beans provide 11 g of protein which is considerably high comparing to other plant sources. A high protein diet is known to reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 66% ultimately helping in weightloss.
A cup of cooked edamame beans provide you more than 100% of daily folate requirement. Folic acid deficiency in pregnant women can lead to various neurological deficits in newborn babies called Neural tube defects. Neural tube defects can cause life long abnormalities in affected individuals.
Consuption of edamame beans can be beneficial in people suffering from bleeding diorders. A cup of edamame beans provides 55% of daily vitamin K requirement which is important for the normal clotting function of the platelets.
Being low in carbs and high in protein, edamame can lower blood sugar in people with Diabetes. Edamame have a low glycemic index, meaning it is slowly absorbed in the blood stream, preventing excessive sugar spikes which are a hallmark of diabetes.
Studies have shown soy products to be of positive outcome in prostate cancer although more research is needed to be done in this area.
Being a rich source of soluble fiber, edamame act as a medium for stomach acid to act upon ultimately lowering stomach acid levels and preventing heartburn.
Being affluent in manganese, edamame provides important nutrients for bones. Manganese is essential for the growth of proper bone structure. Manganese increases bone mineral density, hence preventing the risk factors for osteoporosis and slowing down the progression of this debilitating disease.