The Green Pods from The Mother Nature
Some of our customers say, “Edamame is the Japanese equivalent of Peanuts.” Surely, it is VERY GOOD with beer. The fine bubbles of bitter taste from a sip of beer and the natural sugar of green plump beans from the green pods create the enjoyment of lasting flavor of bitter & sweet with never-ending tasks of poking out the beans from the pods by the hands stationed in from of your mouth. During the long summer night, the big “Nighter” (Japanese national leagues of pro-baseball play the games through night) fans never miss this combination in their houses each night. Each evening on their side tables, these amber-colored big bottles of beer and a giant mount of bright green pods magically appear to entice the TV audiences of the family room --- Yes, it IS the “equivalent or even much better” than peanuts!!
Japanese & Soybean Diets
Typically in Japan, people eat soy-products for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – all are made of soybeans. Such simple green beans can produce a great variety of products: soy sauce, tofu, bean curd, soy oil, miso, soymilk, ice cream, paste for rice cakes, and so on. If fermented, called “Natto” and if simply boiled with salt; then it is called “Edamame”. Researches show that Japanese eat more soybeans than any other nations, and the long-lived Okinawans (the residents in the islands of Okinawa, Japan) top the list at about 60 to 120 grams per person each day, compared with practically zero grams for the average Americans. Such protein-packed soy is high in isoflavones, estrogen-like substances linked to the prevention of cancer and osteoporosis. But its biggest draw may be the dozens of studies showing soy is good for your heart; the FDA even allows certain soy products (with at least 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving) to have a heart-healthy claim on their labels. Plus, some studies have shown that a diet rich in soy can reduce breast cancer risk. Asian women, for example, have a much lower incidence of the disease compared with their Western counterparts.
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Health Benefits of Isoflavones
Isoflavones is the main chemical compound that is found in soybeans and is natural plant hormones. Research in several areas of healthcare has shown that consumption of isoflavones may play a role in lowering risk for disease. They can fight disease on several fronts. The following potential health benefits are attributed to isoflavones:
- Ease menopause symptoms: The benefits of soy go beyond reducing long-term cancer risk. Recent studies have found that soy isoflavones can reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and increase bone density in women. Indeed, many menopausal and post-menopausal health problems may result from a lack of isoflavones in the typical Western diet.
- Reduce heart disease risk: Soy isoflavones also appear to reduce cardiovascular disease risk via several distinct mechanisms. Isoflavones inhibit the growth of cells that form artery clogging plaque. These arteries usually form blood clots which can lead to a heart attack. A review of 38 controlled studies on soy and heart disease concluded that soy is definitely effective for improving cholesterol profile. There is some evidence that isoflavones are the active ingredients in soy responsible for improving cholesterol profile.
- Protect against prostate problems: Isoflavones may be beneficial for men's health because they may protect against enlargement of the male prostate gland. Studies show isoflavones slowed prostate cancer growth and caused prostate cancer cells to die. Isoflavones act against cancer cells in a way similar to many common cancer-treating drugs. Isoflavones improve bone health Soy Isoflavones help in the preservation of the bone substance and fight osteoporosis. This is the reason why people in China and Japan very rarely have osteoporosis, despite their low consumption of dairy products, whereas in Europe and North America the contrary happens. Unlike estrogen, which helps prevent the destruction of bone, evidence suggests that isoflavones may also assist in creating new bone. Other studies are not entirely consistent, but evidence suggests that soy isoflavones can help prevent osteoporosis.
Recommended Soybean Snacks:
To start off your new soybean diets, it would be much easier if you begin with snacking the flovorful beans in easy nibbling forms. The roasted crunchy soybeans are Japanese traditional snacks. Here are soeme varieties with plane salt or wasabi flavors. They are very low fat, high in vegetable protains, fibers, and minerals, great source of isoflavones. Here are some of our recommended tasty soybean snacks: