What is a raw foodists' take on eating raw edamame? Although it is not a processed form of soy, it is still a soy protein. Is it harmful to consume large quantities of it? For the past couple of days my body feels like it thrives on it, and I eat about a full bag a day of uncooked, thawed edamame. Is this too much soy to be consuming although it is in it's natural state? I do not eat any other soy, except nama shoyu, but I would like to know if this much soy is digestible or if it slows down the process. I would like to continue eating it for protein and I like how I can eat an entire bag and feel full but still light, holding me over for hours before my next meal. Thoughts? Thanks!
If you like it and feel satisfied after eating it, continue eating it. I wouldnt stop eating it and then turn to some other food that will make you feel sick. Enjoy it .
Theres no problems with soya anyway, most of the contravesy comes from the meat/dairy industry.
Especially the phytoestrogen claims, phytoestrogens are weak acting compounds which lock up the receptors so more harmful estrogens arent metabolised.
Thank you for the responses! I greatly appreciate it! :)
I was under the impression that frozen edamame (shelled) had been cooked first. So, I checked it out and discovered that in the U.S., at least, it is not. The beans are mechanically extracted from the pods. This is good news because I love edamame and have no problem with unprocessed or minimally processed soy. Thanks for bringing this up Eloisa!
Here's more info...
I actually did quite a bit of research on this out a short time ago; as far as I could find, every manufacturer of organic edamame sold in the US does in fact blanch (i.e. cook) the beans before packaging. This includes Cascadian Farms and Seapoint Farms (which I think is the most common organic edamame in the US).
I'm not saying that's bad; I just think you should be aware that unless you buy fresh, you really can't get "raw" edamame.
PS - The blanching has nothing to do with removing the beans from the pod; many vegetables are typically blanched before being frozen.