Should You Give Edamame Snacks a Try?

Soybeans are special.

When it comes to protein, they trounce all other beans. That’s what makes Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame (green soybeans) an excellent snack to munch on or sprinkle on your salad.

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One serving (¼ cup) has 14 grams of protein, along with 7 or 8 grams of fiber and 10 percent of a day’s iron, all for just 130 calories and around 150 milligrams of sodium.

You won’t find many vegetarian snacks with 14 grams of protein. (A quarter cup of nuts typically has 5 to 7 grams.) Choose from Lightly Salted or—if you live dangerously—Spicy Wasabi.

Cruncha Ma-Me freeze-dried edamame delivers more sodium—160 to 280 mg—in its smaller (0.7 oz.) bag. True to its name, Cruncha Ma-Me’s Naked flavor is sodium-free.

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13 Replies to “Should You Give Edamame Snacks a Try?”

  1. You SHOULD ONLY eat soy products of any kind (including Edamame) when it is labeled ORGANIC. If it is not labeled that way, it is sure to be Genetically-Modified. This is dangerous to our health. BE CAREFUL. Think about all the new allergies, stomach/digestive issues. By the time the researchers catch up with what is happening, we will all be harmed.
    I founded Annie Appleseed Project to provide health (mostly cancer-related) information.

  2. Why do you consider soy to be healthy?

    Soy beans contain high concentrations of Phytic acid, which actually binds to minerals, like zinc, calcium, and the iron you mention that soybeans contain. The iron content of a soy bean doesn’t do you much good when the phytic acid locks it away from your body’s use. And, why would you want to eat a food that actively reduces the amount of minerals you absorb from the rest of your diet? (To note: fermenting soy reduces the amount of Phytic acid. In Asian countries where soy has been eaten for thousands of years, it was actually considered toxic until ancient scientists(China, Chou Dynasty) discovered that it could be fermented to reduce its negative health effects. Since then almost all Asian consumption of soy is of fermented soy products like tempeh, tofu, miso, soy sauce, etc…)

    In your recent article “Is Zinc Effective Against Colds?”, you stated:

    “Zinc lozenges are more likely to help. In some studies, sucking on at least 75 mg of zinc from lozenges every day at the first sign of a cold cut its duration—though not its severity—by up to two days.”

    Yet now you’re recommending eating a food that prevents absorption of Zinc. Seems a bit contradictory there.

    Another thing they contain is Trypsin, which inhibits digestion of proteins. So, while soybeans contain a lot of protein, the real question you should be asking is how much of it can your body actually digest and absorb.

    Soy beans contain a large amount of lectins, proteins that are bad for digestion. (a paper on some of the issues they can cause: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0000687 )

    Soy also contains Phytoestrogens, which when consumed in large quantities(if you commonly eat foods containing soy, or other Phytoestrogen rich foods) can cause breast cancer in women, and female traits to develop in men.

    Hemagglutinin is found in Soy, which causes red blood cells to stick together in groups. This reduces their ability to distribute oxygen around the body, and can cause clots to form.

    Soy companies have spent a lot of money marketing their products as health foods. I would like to see intelligent analysis of foods, whether they have been marketed as a health food or not. There should be more to “What to eat” articles than picking a food that is supposedly healthy, reading off what nutrients it contains, and then telling us to eat it. Dig in, do some research, ignore the marketing.

    If you do this research and conclude that a controversial food is in fact healthy, support your position. Bring up the strongest arguments that disagree with your position and refute them with scientific evidence. If you conclude that it is not healthy, let us know, even if popular opinion differs.

  3. A few final notes on top of my previous post; soy grown in the US is largely(above 90%, if my googling serves me well) GMO, if you’re concerned about that sort of thing. Articles I’ve read also say that soybeans tend to be highly contaminated with pesticides.

  4. Oh My God! I can’t believe this site calls themselves a Health Food Advisor and they Advise people to eat soy!
    No one should be eating Edamame or Soy of any kind, except for fermented soy as in Miso and Natto.
    Soy has many problems with it but here are the TOP 4
    1) It is high in phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen on our bodies. Children and women with breast cancer are the most effected but phytoestrogens are extremely bad for everyone with 1 exception – menopausal women. They may benefit from the phytoestrogens but #2,3 and 4 will still be bad for them.
    2) Soy is goitrogenic which means it will destroy your thyroid.
    3) Soy is full of Phytates which block mineral absorption in the small intestines.
    4) Soy is full of Trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme that we need to properly digest protein.
    Now, once soy has been fermented as in Miso or Natto all of those bad aspects are taken away and it is a good for you food again.
    As for the GMO issue – ALL SOY is GMO unless it is labeled Organic.
    So only buy Organic Miso and Natto and don’t eat or drink any unfermented soy products

  5. Soybeans are not good for everyone. Some people have a very difficult time digesting them and eating uncooked beans would be the worse method…. not sure about dry roasted. USE CAUTION! Stomach distress is common with soy that is not distilled (soy sauce) and some experts warn against any soy in our diets. It’s a cheap additive to pump up the protein levels but adds very little nutritional benefits otherwise.

  6. I am a health care provider. Many of the comments made so far obviously lack scientific validity, especially the soybeans cause cancer remarks. You won’t find credible researchers making causation statements like that!

    1. Claudia, current scientific studies about phytoestrogens and cancer are conflicting. Some point to it causing it, others don’t.

      Why don’t we focus on less controversial health issues with eating non-fermented soy?

      Do you think that Phytic acid is healthy?

      Soy contains Trypsin inhibitors. Do you think that is okay?

      Soy contains large amounts of lectins, a protein that plants produce in order to prevent animals from being able to digest them. Do you think it is wise to eat lectins?

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