The difference between soybeans and edamame is in the level of maturity when the beans are harvested. Mature soybeans are a light cream color while edamame is harvested when the beans are still young, soft and green. Like a green tomato vs a red tomato, much of the nutritional value is lost when harvesting the soybeans at such a young stage of development.
|per cup||EDAMAME||MATURE SOYBEANS|
|calories||376 milligrams||880 milligrams|
|protein||36 milligrams||68 milligrams|
|fats||17 grams total fat||37 grams total fat|
|carbohydrates||28 grams||56 grams|
|dietary fiber||11 grams||17 grams|
|folic acid||35 micrograms||679 micrograms|
|calcium||500 milligrams||71 milligrams|
|iron||2 milligrams||18 milligrams|
As whole foods such as beans and grains mature and are fully dried they become dormant until they are brought back to life with water. This is a huge part of Mother Nature’s original plan. These dormant whole foods are light weight and can be carried around in a sack until the time for replanting. The dormancy is created by enzyme inhibitors. These are the reason for the difficulties that are often experienced with eating whole mature beans. Solving this problem is easy. Simply bring them back to life with water by soaking the beans overnight. The next day the dormant whole food has become a sprouted seed. Sprouts are packed with nutritional value and easy to digest.
Dry beans are about 70% carbohydrate:
Starch (43 – 45%)
fiber (18 – 20%)