What Is Edamame?
Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans.
Edamame beans are low in calories, and are an excellent source of protein, iron and calcium.
150 grams of edamame beans contain 97.6 grams of calcium, 18.5 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of iron.
Research has suggested that soy isoflavones in edamame beans improve mental health by reducing cognitive decline.
These beans are also high in fibre and antioxidants and are therefore great for bowel health.
Edamame also contains folate which is an important nutrient for preventing high blood pressure, reproductive health and mental health.
Soy & Health Concerns
There is some controversy about the effect soy products have on the risk of breast cancer. Some isoflavones appear to act in a similar way to oestrogen, high levels of oestrogen may increase the risk of specific cancers.
However, a 2021 study by Feng et. al. concluded higher levels of certain serum isoflavones and lignans (phytonutrients) were associated with reduced odds of breast cancer in premenopausal women.
Are they hard to prepare?
No, these little nuggets of goodness can also be bought ready to use, in the freezer section of most supermarkets, add them; raw to salads, to soups, stews, casseroles, or eat them as a snack!
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