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Edamame: Hot New Health Food or Hogwash?

By Genevieve Cunningham

There always seems to be a new food on the market that promises to whip you into shape. It's kale. It’s spinach. It's blueberries. It's never ending. So are any of them even true? Are these heavily advertised superfoods really super? Sometimes. And this year, the food in question is something that most people have never even heard of and certainly don't know what it is … edamame. So how does this superfood stack up? Is it worth the hype? Before you give this new food a try, take a look at these details.

What is Edamame?

Edamame is a form of immature soybean. They're cooked and eaten still in the pod, and they seem to hail from East Asian cuisine. You can buy them fresh or frozen, can eat them in a variety of ways, and they are often used in meals as well as for healthy snacking. Most commonly, they're simply heated in a skillet, hot water, or the microwave, and used as a snack.

What Are the Benefits?

Edamame contains numerous healthy nutrients including calcium, zinc, folate, Vitamin K, copper, and manganese. They are also incredibly high in protein, making them a great choice for vegetarians. They contain very few calories, zero cholesterol, and may even help to lower bad cholesterol in the body. Some research suggests that edamame may reduce the risk of breast cancer and menopausal symptoms in women. Overall, edamame packs a powerful punch for better health.

Is It Hype?

The health benefits of edamame vary depending on who you ask. Some people claim that it's a superfood based on the numerous benefits listed above. Others are leery of this food for men, as soybean is thought to cause estrogen production in the body. Others are unsure about the natural sugar content, and still others are not keen on soy, no matter the form it takes. If you want to try edamame, and you’re unsure, just check with your local healthcare provider for solid advice.

It's true that there are new superfoods popping up every time we turn around. Sometimes the foods really are amazing, and other times they're just typical health foods. The important part is to do your research! When it comes to edamame, there's no harm in giving it a try. The more healthy food you have in your kitchen, the better health you'll have for the long haul.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arlington, Tex.

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