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Is edamame good for you?

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According to SFGate, the nutrition content and low calories in edamame make them good for humans to consume. Edamame are immature soybeans eaten on their own as snacks or mixed into other recipes. Immaturity makes them soft and edible, unlike mature soybeans.

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Edamame provide complete proteins, just like other soy-based products such as tempeh and tofu. Edamame contain carbohydrates, fiber, macronutrients and micronutrients, which are very important for health. In addition to the nutrient content, edamame are rich in phytochemicals, which are helpful to the body in other ways. Isoflavones have significant health benefits, and the antioxidants and phytoestrogens help in the removal of free radicals in the body.

Edamame is a Japanese name for stem beans. To preserve flavor and texture, edamame are harvested in pods early before the beans fully mature. Edamame particularly describes the soybeans cooked while still in their pods. Hulled edamame are very good for salads or rice dishes.

Cook edamame while still in the pods, steaming them in salted water, then eat while hot. When eating, squeeze the beans out of the pods, but don’t eat the pod. The pod's purpose is to provide the flavor in the beans.

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