11th May 2016 by Jess
Edamame are young soybeans picked from their pods. They make a fresh-tasting crunchy snack and a perfect alternative to crisps.
The Okinawans who live on one of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) off Japan, are the world’s longest-lived people and research suggests that it is likely that their diets play a big part. For more than five millennia, they’ve eaten whole, organic and fermented soy foods like miso, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, and edamame (young soybeans in the pod). Success leaves clues so let’s do as the Okinawans do!
Soy contains magnesium – a mineral that is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in your body. It is needed for energy metabolism, electrolyte balance and muscle function, and helps reduce tiredness, maintain healthy teeth and support the nervous system.
If you experience anything that is “stiff or crampy” (including headaches, joint pain, or muscles cramps) or if you are under excess stress, it would be worth exploring increasing your magnesium from na. Include nuts, seeds, oats and soy containing foods to increase your levels.
The fibrous beans also contain plant protein and manganese in abundance, along with vitamin K and folate.
Try adding fresh edamame to salads, and enjoy them dried as a great snacking alternative to crisps.
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at jessntom.com for even more.
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