Super-food Sunday: Edamame beans

Edamame beans are my favourite thing right now! Little pods that contain nutty, sweet, creamy, slightly salty (providing they are lightly salted) green beans that have a lovely bite to them that just *POP* out of the pods to be enjoyed however you like them. Personally, my favourite thing at the moment is the salmon, edamame, baby kale and quinoa salad with Dijon dressing from Pret a Manger! So healthy and delicious!

Edamame beans are young soya beans. They are harvested before the bean hardens. 

They are naturally gluten-free, cholesterol-free and low calorie. They are an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. They are an incredibly good source of protein for those who are vegan or vegetarian. 

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like edamame decreases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight. Sounds like a super good to me that’s for sure!

The isoflavones (a type of compound called phytoestrogens) in soy foods have been linked to a decreased risk for osteoporosis. In addition, the calcium and magnesium in soy may help to lessen PMS symptoms, regulate blood sugar and prevent migraine headaches. 

Soy-food consumption has been associated with a lower risk of several specific age and lifestyle-related conditions and improving overall general health. 

The folate in edamame may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body. Homocysteine can stop blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain and in excess, homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate not only mood, but sleep and appetite as well. 

You can buy them from most supermarkets and they come ready to eat in pots. Or you can order them when you go to Japanese restaurants for a super healthy starter or side dish! They are great freshly steamed, served warm sprinkled with corse sea salt and a squeeze of lemon!

(Source http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/280285.php – too much brain fog to use an accumulation of resources today, I hope you understand) 

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