EN on Foods

March 2013 Issue

Edamame: Fresh, Whole, Healthy

Edamame, which means “stalk beans” or “branch beans” in Japanese, is used to describe fresh green soybeans either shelled or inside the pod. These are different from other soybeans because they are fresh, not dried. Soybeans are legumes, the seeds of the plant, Glycine max. While edamame are traditional in Japanese, Chinese and Korean diets, the U.S. is the largest soybean grower, mostly for processing into animal feed and soy oil. Soybeans contain a bounty of vitamins, minerals and important nutrients. A one-cup serving has just 189 calories but packs a hefty 32 percent of the Daily Value (% DV, based on 2,000 calories per day) of dietary fiber, 34% DV of protein, and an impressive 121% DV of the B vitamin, folate.

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