Why edamame is so good for you?
Edamame is a preparation of baby or immature soybeans in the pod (like peas). They were cultivated in China 7000 years ago. They can be steamed, boiled and left as is to remove from the pod while eating, or even removed. They are low in calories, have no cholesterol and an excellent source of protein, calcium and iron. I love them as they have an awesome taste. For vegetarians, its perfect as it is a complete protein. This means it has all the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein). Just 75 grams (1/2 cup) is packed with 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of iron, 6 grams of Vitamin C, 60 milligrams of calcium and 5 grams of fat.
What are the health benefits?
- Edamame contains natural phytoestrogens, that is plant-based estrogens called isoflavones. They can become a good snack for pre-menopausal women, as they help reduce hot flashes.
- They are also a great way to prevent any cancers that stem out of hormones.
- They have ALA – alpha-linoleic acids, omega – 3 fatty acids which helps in controlling various issues, like heart disease and the body’s inflammatory response.
- They do aid weight loss, as they are a complete source of protein.
- Rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamin K. Edamame will lower your risk for cancers, heart disease, cholesterol and triglycerides. I use them a lot in my diet.
Here is an awesome recipe.
Chile-Garlic Edamame Yield 4 servings
- 500 grams pound edamame (Optional to keep whole or remove from pod).
- Rock/Sea salt to taste.
- 1/4th tsp red pepper flakes.
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced.
- 1 tsp lime juice.
- Boil water and blanch the edamame for 5 minutes.
- Warm olive oil, add red pepper flakes and garlic.
- Stir in edamame, lime juice and salt.