Edamame the Snack of Healthy Champions

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Edamame is starting to be found in most markets, but you may not be familiar with what it is. You can usually find Edamame in the freezer section of your grocery store. Before you can eat them, the beans will ultimately have to be removed from the shell. This is really simple to do tough. Just squeese the beans out by placing pressure behind them with your thumb and first finger. Edamame is an immature (green) soybean.

There are a ton of receipies you can find to make edamame with.  It is commonly used in Japanese cooking and also vegetarian fair. This bean is an excellent source of protein. Our bodies require certain amino acids to function.  Proteins that contain all of these amino acids are called complete.  This bean is a complete protein. The fact that this is a complete protein makes it a favorate food for vegetarians.

Nutritionally edamame is a great source of iron. Once cup of edamame contains 17 g of protein, 20% of iron, and 16% of vitamin C. This bean, like other beans, are high in dietary fiber and is low on the glycemic index.


Although edamame is poisonous when raw, it is very easy to cook safely. There are a number of ways to do it. The simplest way to cook these beans is to steam or boil them. Boilding edamame can make a great salty snack.  Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water you use and you will impart a lot of flavor.

Avoid edamame if you are allergic to soy. This bean is completely safe for those people who suffer from gluten allergies though. Edamame is gluten free since it is a legume. You can get dry roasted edamame in some stores, which is great because this makes an excellent and quick snack to eat out of hand or to sprinkle over salads.

Give edamame a try.  It is a nutritious and easy to cook option to add to your dietary options. Again look in the freezer section of your local store, you may be surprised to see a bag of edamame there. Your local health food store may also carry soy products, so you can look there also.

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