You will often get to hear about edamame in a restaurant or dinning place. Many wonder what exactly is this thing and how would it taste! Well, it is just a decorative name for boiled green soybeans.
Yes! It is right what you just read. It is just simple boiled green soybeans that you can prepare at home or you do most of the days. Although it may sound pretty normal and simple to you, it has great nutritional benefits to offer to you. You can also call them “negative calorie foods”. Although “negative calorie foods” does not exist literally, green soybeans are called so because they have very low quantity of calories in them, but require a lot of calories to get digested. This makes your body loose much calorie and could help you reduce your weight.
Nutritional value of Edamame:
Although these are boiled green soybeans, it may sound dull and tasteless. But, to much astonishment, these bean pods tastes really good and a pinch of salt makes it even tastier. Besides having a pleasant taste, it has tonnes of nutritional benefits packed in them. Here is a detail according to nutritional benefits that you would obtain from half cup or 100 grams of these beans.
• 120 calories
• 2.5 grams fat
• 9 grams of fiber
• 6% daily value for calcium.
• 0.5 grams of mono-saturated fats
• 8 % daily value for vitamin A
• 1.5 grams poly-unsaturated fat
• 13 grams carbohydrate
• 11 grams protein
• 6 milligram sodium
• 10 % daily value for iron
• 10% daily value for vitamin C
• 16% magnesium
• 5% vitamin B-6
As you can see, these soybean pods are high in iron as compared to other plant products. It also contains two main anti-oxidants, Vitamin A and C. Anti-oxidants help purify your body from inside and counterpart the harmful effects that you obtain from other foods like meat and burgers.
It is high in fiber, which ensures that all the nutrients of the food is absorbed by your body properly and the unnecessary products pass away as roughage from your body. They are similar to nuts on the grounds of fat content. They prove to be a great substitute for nuts. So people allergic to nuts can consume edamame in their diet.
Benefits of Soybeans:
Scientists and researchers agree that the nutritional benefits of edamame are really beneficial for a person to stay in shape and active throughout the day. Here is how these green beans benefit you.
1. It has been proved to contain isoflavones or phytoestrogens which helps in reduction of overall cholesterol that are bad for the health, especially in men and raise good cholesterol in return.
2. Soy protein also reduces insulin resistance, fatty liver and kidney damage in diabetic people.
3. The isoflavones present in the beans also protects the body against cancer, osteoporosis and heart diseases.
4. It may also be used to treat and prevent hypertention.
5. Soy protein can also be used to prevent bone loss and cancer in females.
You can store these beans easily in your refrigerator. Dry soybeans can be stored for 4 to 5 days in the fridge in a perforated plastic bag.
Cooking at home:
Since you now know what edamame is, you so should be able to prepare them at home for a healthy breakfast and snack. These beans prove excellent to be included in every meal you prepare at home. Addition of these beans in your dinner and supper completes all the nutritional grounds of your diet and also helps you to digest all your food efficiently. This is why it is served as an appetizer in most restaurants.
You can pair a plate of boiled or roasted edamame with a steak or roast beef or in fact, with any other meal you are having. Tossing the bean pods with some salt, pepper and spices proves to be an instant snack for unexpected guests in your home. Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Edamame, Baked parmesan, garlic parmesan, Parmesan and wasabi encrusted soybeans are some popular flavours that you can try to enhance the taste of these green soybeans.