Edamame, which is Japanese for “wing” is a small green, blackish and green mature pods. The green edamame is easily harvested earlier than dry and firm mature soybeans and is therefore used to cook Soy products like soymilk and tofu. The pod is a good source of the same amount protein, vitamins, and other nutrients as the mature beans. Edamame can be eaten directly from the pod or the seed, however, it is preferential to eat cooked edamame straight from the pod.
Soybeans contain significant amounts of dietary protein and a wide range of other nutrients that are essential to our diet. They also contain lipids and carbohydrates which are essential for the body’s overall health. Soybeans have been selected as the main source of natural nutrition worldwide. Soybeans are available in a variety of varieties which include edamame, inji, basmati, jicama, quintoniles, satay, and triticale. Edamame is the most well-known variety among Asian people. It is being increasingly used in western countries for the added protein and also as an excellent source of fiber as well as natural fats.
Edamame is dried, tall bean with a flavor that is aromatic. In addition to the naturally occurring phytochemical antioxidants the protein content in green soybeans is high as well. Edamame, even though it doesn’t store as much fat as other beans, is considered to be a “slimmer bean” and does not react to heat in a negative way. To get a deeper and more pronounced flavor, edamame can be used in conjunction with soy sauce or other food items. The leaves of the mature plant may also be used to prepare food, although it is considered to be a speciality and not suggested for general consumption.
There are two types of edamame, one of Japan and the other from Korea. Both contain phytochemicals believed to reduce the risk of cancer, but no research has been conducted in comparing the effects of edamame with the effects of red meats and soy. Both of these edamame forms are quite lean, yet they are still attached to proteins. Phytochemicals have been demonstrated to have a positive effect on the the human immune system.
There are many other benefits to soybeans. Like other plant-based foods, it contains all of the essential amino acids, which are vital to the synthesis of protein, and B vitamins which aid in the development of strong teeth and bones. Edamame It is also highly nutritious.
To make edamame at home, boil the beans until they are almost completely soft, then drain them and remove the seeds. The bean should be cut into smaller pieces that are about the same size as peas. Before cooking remove the skins from frozen bean pods. You can also mash the beans until you get a smooth paste or use a food processor. To the boiling water, add two tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
You can add any of flavors to make edamame a delicious, nutritious snack. My personal favorite is using Asian soy sauce and flavorings. My family often has puddings made of orange juice and ginger syrup for dessert. Instead of buying canned soymilk, you can serve plain soymilk that is unsweetened. You can always use vanilla extract or lemon extract to make your own sweetened soymilk, as well. Add some fresh or dried fruit to the batter to make a delicious dessert.
Although I am not a nutrition expert I do know that green beans have a lot of folate in them. In addition to helping me lose weight eating more beans has helped me to reduce my risk of contracting cancer. Because of this, I believe it’s a great idea to start buying more organic beans. Instead of buying dried beans, go for organic whole green peas. Freshly picked, the beans can be kept for up to three weeks in a tightly sealed container. Start making plans for the next step of the healthy lifestyle by adding edamame right now!