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Know how Edamame or baby soybean can benefit your health

Know how Edamame or baby soybean can benefit your health

Here are the five health benefits of edamame or baby soybean.

January 31, 2016 | Posted by Mandwi Singh | UPDATED 18:12 IST

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Know the many benefits of this pea like looking edamame. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/Jo

Edamame or baby soybean are immature and firmer soybeans, which are still in the pod. They are available fresh or frozen and can be eaten either boiled, shelled or stir fried.

They are also added to many food items like soups, salads and snacks.

Also read: Here are 5 major health benefits of tofu you probably didn't know about

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Edamame has more or less the same health benefits as tofu or soy milk. But that doesn't mean it should be eaten in surplus.

According to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, if eaten in excess, these green pod like veggies can cause reproductive problems. Therefore limit yourself to one serving of soy per day.

Not a native to India, edamame is popularly consumed in China and Japan since thousands of year. Because of its high demand you can easily spot it in most grocery stores there.

They're low in fat and calories and high in protein, fibre and almost every other essential vitamin and mineral. But as mentioned earlier due to its high estrogen content, it can cause harm to hormone-sensitive people.

Talking about its nutritional value, one cup of edamame has at least 6 per cent of the recommended daily intake of all nutrients except vitamin D. Also you'll fulfill 20 to 40 percent of your daily requirement of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, folate and vitamin K.

Good source of folate: Folate prevents birth defects through its role in the creation and growth of new cells. In adults, it helps lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Weight loss: According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people following a high-protein, low-fat diet experienced less hunger between meals and were successful in losing significant amounts of weight.

Diabetes: Rich in protein, it helps people who are suffering from type 2 diabetes and who often experience kidney disease, causing the body to excrete an excessive amount of protein in the urine.

Heart diseases: Consuming soy protein as an alternative to animal protein lowers levels of LDL cholesterol also called bad cholesterol. Thus reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

Immune Benefits: Edamamde is a good source of copper, which is needed for healthy functioning of the immune system. A 1-cup serving of cooked edamame contains 535 micrograms of the mineral, or approximately 60 per cent of the required daily intake for men and women.