Edamame is a popular protein-powered plant snack that can be tossed into salads or stirred into meals. Eat these nutritious soybeans in the pod (preferably without all the salt the way some places serve them) or shelled to get fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin K, folate and choline.
Their soy isoflavones may help prevent cognitive decline associated with aging while soy protein helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The phytoestrogens (therapeutic plant estrogen) in soy may reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers as well as reduce menopause-related problems such as bone loss while maintaining bone strength.
The choline in edamame may help reduce inflammation that causes heart disease. Getting adequate folate may help prevent depression, which is particularly important during these challenging times. So dig into some of these magic beans and stay #plantstrong.