In the previous article, we talked about the relationship between soybean and edamame whereby both of them are the same beans. Edamame is the young soybean that harvested early. Nowadays, we often consume the product made from soybeans such as tofu, soymilk, soy sauce and etc. Not only has that but also edamame too from the Japanese restaurant.
Here are the health benefits of Soybean & Edamame. Scroll down to read more.
- High in Protein – Plant-Based Protein
Beans are among the best plant-based protein sources. Therefore, they are essential to many vegan and vegetarian diets. One cup of boiled soybeans (172 grams) has around 29 grams of protein. The main types of protein in soybeans are conglycinin and glycinin which make up approximately 80% of the total protein content.Whereby a cup of cooked edamame (155 grams) provides around 18.5 grams of protein.
In addition, edamame has a decent amount of protein for a plant food which is 12% that provide all the essential amino acids.
- May Lower Cholesterol
Studies say that the high levels of cholesterol we have will increase the risk of having heart disease, atherosclerosis (动脉粥样硬化), and high blood pressure. By consuming soy protein as an alternative to animal protein can significantly increase good cholesterol (HDL) which helps remove bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). Eventually, the levels of bad cholesterol will become lower.
- Low in Carbs
Both soybean and edamame have low glycemic index 血糖生成指数 (GI). As they have low GI which makes them suitable to intake by people with diabetes and someone who’s on a low-carb diet. People who eat lots of easily digested carbs on a regular basis will increase the risk of chronic disease because of the fast digestion and card absorption spike blood sugar level.
*Glycemic Index: a measure of how foods affect the rise in blood sugar level after a meal
- Rich in Vitamins and Mineral
Soybean and edamame are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber too. The table below shows the levels of some of the main vitamins and minerals in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of edamame and mature soybeans.
To sum up, edamame contains significantly more Vitamin K and folate than mature soybeans. Besides, if you eat a whole cup (155 grams), you will get around 52% of the RDI for Vitamin K and more than 100% for folate. Check out Love Earth soybean product below!
*RDI: Reference daily intake