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edamameEdamame are fresh soybeans, also called green soybeans and literally mean "beans on twigs". Edamame is harvested when the soybeans are ripe but before they start to harden. Prepared edamame has a surprisingly nice taste. Edamame is used as snack or in vegetable meals and soups. In Japan and other Asian countries, it is very popular to eat cold salted edamame with beer. The pods are slightly boiled in salted water and the seeds are then directly squeezed from the pods into the mouth. As a vegetable dish edamame is boiled in salted and spiced water and then served on a separate dish hot or cold.
The beans without the pods can also be served. Edamame contains all the healthy ingredients of dried soybeans such as isoflavones, soy proteins, saponins and fibers. Because they are still fresh they contain significant quantities of vitamins, including vitamin C (about 10 mg per 100g) which is absent in dried soybeans. Some believe that eating edamame will reduce the toxic effects of drinking alcohol. However, any enzymes that may have a detoxifying effect will be destroyed by cooking the edamame.

Availability of edamame

In Asian countries, fresh edamame can be found in vegetable shops nearly the whole year round. In countries where soybeans are not grown edamame can only be found in frozen form, but even then they will be hard to find in normal supermarkets.

Recipe for edamame appetizer

250 g unshelled edamame
1 liter water
salt to taste

Wash 250 g unshelled edamame in 1 liter water containing 1 tablespoon salt. Boil for about 5 minutes. Drain the edamame, sprinkle with salt and cool.


is edamame good for girls aged 6-10 years old

How safe is edamame to eat for a growing girls age 6-10 years. does soya make harmonal changes abnormal or faster. worried mom. please reply.
bonnie singh - 11/11/2018

is edamame good for girls aged 6-10 years old

There are no indications that eating soy (and edamame) has a negative influence on the development of young girls. There are no studies linking adverse effects of soy isoflavones to normal growth and development. Girls start not menstruating earlier due to soy consumption. In Asian countries, including Japan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, soy forms a large part of their diet. Breast cancer rates in these countries are much lower than in Western countries, where less soy is consumed. Migrant studies show that women, who come to the US from Asia, in their adult life, have a much lower risk of breast cancer. This could be explained by their consumption of soy during their adolescence. In contrast, those Asians who are born in the US have the same risk of breast cancer as other American women. A study titled "A Lifetime of Eating Soy May Lower Breast Cancer Risk" and published in Carcinogenesis (Volume 23, No. 9, 2002, pp. 1491-1496) concluded that Asian-American women who ate a lot of soy, from adolescence to adulthood, were significantly less likely to develop breast cancer.
Rob - 11/11/2018

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