Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Yes ---ED-A-MA-Me.

One of my favorite snacks is edamame. It is the perfect food to eat when you just want something lite and tasty or just want to cook something quick. I love to eat them steamed and with a little bit of sea/kosher or garlic salt. Some people prefer it with pepper on it or cold and/or in a salad.

Here's the nutritional facts you'll find in a half-cup serving of shelled edamame (or 1 1/8 cup edamame in the pods):

  • 120 calories
  • 9 grams fiber
  • 2.5 grams fat
  • 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 0.5 gram monounsaturated fat
  • 11 grams protein
  • 13 grams carbohydrate
  • 15 mg sodium
  • 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C
  • 10% Daily Value for iron
  • 8% Daily Value for vitamin A
  • 4% Daily Value for calcium
The bottom line: "It remains prudent to recommend soy in a heart-healthy diet because of [its] nutritional value and as a healthy substitute for protein sources that are higher in saturated fat and cholesterol," says Pennsylvania State University nutrition researcher Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD.

How Do You Buy It?
In the supermarket, you can find two types of edamame in the frozen vegetable section: shelled or with the pods. Both are already cooked and ready to be thawed and eaten.

Try several different ways to eat it, find your favorite, enjoy and be healthy!

image found - health.discovery.com, ref - medicinenet.com

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