Also known as mao dou, superfood endamame was first used by the ancient Chinese more than 2200 years ago. It was later on introduced to Japan around 927 A.D. of the Engihiki era. In 1902, David Fairchild, a well-known plant explorer and horticulturist, coming back from his trip to Japan, brought edamame to the United States.
Edamame is a seasonal crop reaching its peak harvest from September to October. Commonly called vegetable soybean and green soybean. They can thrive in any type of soil and grow best in full sunlight. Each shell has two to three beans, which are sweet and nutty in flavor. You will know the best flavored ones by their color, the darker color is the best tasting. The right time to harvest them is when the pod is about 90 percent filled up and just before they start to harden.
The pods are popped open and eaten by hand just like eating peanuts and is usually taken together with a glass of cold beer. The shells of edamame mix well with other vegetables for a stir fry or salad.
Edamame is a superfood packed with nutrition. It’s a great source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A and C. It is also high in phytoestrogens.
Now, lets’ see the health benefits edamame can offer.
Edamame is one of a few vegetables that contains all essential amino acids, and its protein content equal that of meat and egg enabling it to supply as much as our body requires. A natural power booster.
Edamame is used in preventing heart diseases as it contains essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 including mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
It can lower cholesterol level with the significant amount of isoflavones and dietary fiber that the bean contains. It also works for people on a diet, giving them a longer feeling of fullness.
It also carries antioxidant like saponins and isoflavones to protect the body from free radicals.
Edamame can help develop strong and healthy bones. For women who has gone through the menopause stage, the risk of osteoporosis can be reduced. It is also suggested that girls taking soybeans early in life will be better off against breast cancer.
Endamame also addresses problems like constipation and diarrhea as well as muscle soreness due to heavy workout.
It can be given as a substitute for milk for infants with lactose intolerance.
Endamame when taken as food or as a dietary supplement on a short term use is relatively safe. Effects on excessive consumption of this soy bean by women may cause abnormal tissue growth in the uterus. Soybeans are beneficial to our health, but just like with any food, we have to maintain moderation, having too much may cause health problems.
You want some adventure?...Try mixing endamame beans in your veggie salad and discover something new!
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