Edemame are immature soybeans still in their pod. They're an excellent source of antioxidants and isoflavones. Popular in Asian cuisine, edamame are quickly gaining popularity in the United States for their nutrients; they contain more protein than their mature counterpart and are rich in vitamins B and C. Soybeans are also rich in folic acid, necessary for pregnant women and fetal development.
Soy is still a controversial ingredient; some studies have linked soy to an increase in breast cancer in women. Soy research is still lacking, so be sure to ask your doctor before including soy in your diet.
Be sure to buy non-processed, non-GMO soy, as it may be possible for genetically-modified soy to have adverse effects on health. They're rarely sold fresh, so look for frozen soybeans/edamame; you'll want to look for bright, crisp beans.
Calcium 50.4% Iron 50.5%
Vitamin D 0.0% Thiamin 74.2%
Riboflavin 26.4% Niacin 21.1%
Vitamin B-6 8.3% Folate 105.6%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 3.8%
Phosphorus 49.7% Magnesium 41.6%
Zinc 16.9% Selenium 5.5%
Copper 16.4% Manganese 70.0%