Thinking about giving shelled edamame beans a try? Well, don’t wait any longer. Edamame beans are not only delicious, but also have great health benefits, some of which will surprise you. At the end of the article, I will show you a super easy way to cook and prepare edamame beans. Be excited!
What is Edamame?
Edamame beans are whole, green, edible, immature soybeans. They originate in East Asia and are found in all manner of cousines. As a matter of fact, you can even find and buy them shelled or in the pod in many grocery stores in the United States.
Shelled edamame can be served as a snack or an appetizer or added to the rice, noodles, pasta, salads, soups, stir fries, you name it. You can eat them hot or cold, but make sure to thoroughly cook them. Do NOT eat them raw.
Vitamins and Nutrients in Edamame
Where can you buy Shelled Edamame beans?
When I was little, my parents and I would always head off to different traditional markets to buy shelled edamame (beans out of the pod) and unshelled edamame (beans are in the pod).
We would eat them almost every day. I still do and I never get tired of eating them because they are one of my favorite foods.
Taiwanese traditional markets are always full of warmth and affable people. Besides that, you can always find a variety of delectable foods. If you ever have a chance to visit Taiwan, you must go check it out.
However, in the United States they can usually be found in the frozen aisle of a grocery store. If you can afford it, and if you can find them (as it is not easy to do), buy organic or non-GMO shelled edamame beans. Lamentably, most of the edamame beans grown in the US are genetically modified.
Check out the entertaining video below to learn more about how edamame is grown, how they are different from soybeans, and what’s the best way to cook them:
9 benefits of Shelled Edamame beans
You may benefit from eating edamame in some of the following ways:
1. Clean Blood Vessels
Edamame beans not only help reduce the body’s triglycerides (the substrate form in which most fat exists in food and in the body) and cholesterol, but also contain substances that help clear up the fat on the walls of blood vessels, which can prevent thrombosis (clotting of the blood).
Once the blood vessels are well taken care of, then you will definitely be able to stay young, be strong, and live for a very long time.
2. Increase Potassium Levels
You may feel fatigue and lose appetite because of the loss of potassium, but shelled edamame beans can help make up for the loss because they are rich in potassium.
3. Relieve Constipation
There are so many factors that cause constipation, including poor dietary choices, dehydration, lack of physical activity, medications, poor bowel habits, and so forth.
4. Keep The Blood Sugars Steady
Edamame beans are low on the glycemic index (GI), a measure of the extent to which foods raise blood sugar levels. Foods LOWER on the glycemic index are good sources of complex carbohydrates, as well as being high in fiber and overall nutritional value.
This makes edamame suitable for people with high blood sugar like diabetes. Eating them can be good for improving the condition because beans have a low glycemic load ranking and they slow the rise in blood sugar.
In addition, edamame beans contain saponins, which help reduce the increment of blood sugar.
5. Reduce Menopausal Symptoms
Menopause is a process that every woman will experience in their lives. Many women suffer from hot flashes (a feeling of heat that begins in the head and neck regions), insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, dry skin, reduced bone density, night sweats (excess sweating during the night), heart palpitations (fast, irregular heartbeat), loss of scalp hair, headaches, dizziness, and so forth.
6. Strengthen Your Chi (Energy Flow) & The Spleen
When your spleen is well, you have a great appetite and vibrant energy. Elderly people usually eat a little and do not digest foods quickly, so edamame beans are very good for them because of their high nutritional value.
Shelled edamame beans not only strengthen the spleen, pancreas, and kidneys, but also detoxifies the body.
7. Improve Your Memory
There are so many components of brain health. Edamame beans contain phospholipids (vital nutrients) that play an essential role in brain development, which in turn help improve our memory and increase our intelligence.
8. Lose Weight
Edamame beans help moisturize the skin, effectively improve appetite and increase energy. Of all the active ingredients contained in edamame beans, saponins can inhibit fat synthesis, prevent fat absorption, and stimulate lipolysis (the breakdown of fats).
9. Prevent & Fight Cancer
The protein inhibitors, phytic acid, phytosterols, saponins, heteroelements contained in edamame beans can strengthen the immune system, kill cancer cells, lower the risk of breast cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, and so on.
A word of caution
If you eat too many shelled edamame beans, you may have a bloated stomach, so eat them in moderation. In addition, infants and people with uremia (kidney failure) or are allergic to soy should avoid eating edamame beans.
Let’s cook edamame!
Give the following simple snack recipe a try.
Edamame —– 600 g
Ginger —– 3 to 4 slices
Star Anise —– 1
Salt —– 10 to 20 g
Garlic —– 10 to 20 g
A little bit of sugar (optional)
Step 1: Wash the edamame thoroughly and then drain
Step 2: Bring water to a boil, add all the ingredients, return to a boil, and simmer
Step 3: Remove them from the pot, allow them to cool, and serve