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Learn to Love: Edamame

Looking for a tasty snack that's full of protein and fiber but low in carbs and calories? I'm talking about edamame, baby soybeans still in the pod. Beans might not seem like the most delicious snack in the world, but once you try them, you'll fall for their fresh and slightly sweet flavor; plus they're a fun to eat finger-food. Sprinkle a little salt on them and they'll satisfy your salty cravings.

I first had edamame as an appetizer at a sushi restaurant, but you can pick some up to have at home too. Look for bags of frozen edamame. Buy them in the pods to eat as a snack, or for convenience sake buy them already shelled and add the beans to soups, salads, and stir-fries.

Just how healthy are these little soybeans? To find out

A half a cup of boiled edamame in the pods (just eating the beans inside) provides four grams of fiber and eight grams of protein, for only nine grams of carbs and 100 calories. Impressive indeed!

There has been some debate about the benefits and safety of soy. Some worry about the connection between eating soybeans or soy products and developing breast cancer, but as of now, the American Institute for Cancer Research stresses that there's no conclusive evidence between the two. Studies have shown that the isoflavones in soybeans may help to treat high blood pressure, prevent osteoporosis, and lower cholesterol (soy protein is a great alternative to high-fat animal protein). If you agree that those are some great reasons to start including more soy in your diet, then edamame is a great choice.

Let me know how you feel about this wonder snack in the comments section below.

yungclas yungclas 8 years
I love it!! It makes a great breakfast. I feed it to my husband because it lowers sperm count....
Tats Tats 9 years
citygirl2 citygirl2 9 years
edamame is amazing. it is a staple in my diet.
emalove emalove 9 years
I DO love these! A woman I work with got me to try them a few years ago.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
These are so yummy! I love edamame!
MissMeow MissMeow 9 years
I keep hearing about how good these are. I'll have to try them sometime.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Maybe some day I will try these...
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
No need to learn, I already love edamame!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I love edamame! Once in a sushi restaurant the bean came flying out of the pod I had bit in, and it landed in a woman's hair. LOL!
nancita nancita 9 years
I never think to eat edamame as a snack but I totally should.
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I buy these awesome microwavable packs from Sams Club. There are like 6 containers in the box for $5-6 dollars....about the price of one appetizer order from a restaurant.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i actually love these, but stay away from soy because i have hypothyroidism. i hear it's not so good for the thyroid :( that is actually the reason i didn't hack it as a vegetarian, i had to limit my soy which i felt lowered the overall variety of foods i could eat as a veggie. oh well, i'm back on meat and lovin' it hehe.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
I didn't know you could buy them frozen, I'll have to keep my eye out. As for soy safety, I've read that it's processed soy that we should watch out for, but fermented soy (tofu, miso, natta, tempeh, bean curd, tamari, etc.) is not detrimental. Here's a in-depth article to learn about soy, it even describes how soy is processed into the many forms we normally would use it in. If you think meat processing is yucky, this isn't much more appetizing.
paigu paigu 9 years
YUM! They add the best texture to salads, and they are very filling.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
omg I LOVE edamame
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I buy one of the steam bags of edamame and snack on those or eat them for my meal. I love them so much.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Now your talking... yum!
ahaynes ahaynes 9 years
I love edamame! Is there any such thing as having too much?
ahaynes ahaynes 9 years
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Love it! Actually, I just ate the last of the frozen edamame I had. I'll hafta pick up some more.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
yummy! those the frozen ones aren't nearly as good as the ones you get in the restaurant
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
i loooooove edamame. They make a great snack, and I usually dump a ton into my salads.
crackaddict crackaddict 9 years
YES! they are delicious, or put chilli flakes on them that makes them more interesting too xxx
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