Okay, so I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE edamame, and was wondering if it’s available raw, because I can barely find it even boiled except at Whole Foods. Is it safe to eat raw? Does it have any redeemable qualities when boiled? Should I give it up and move on? Please advise.
If that is not enough for you, then here is an answer to your question: Soy beans contain very dangerous toxins which can harm you or even kill you if you eat them raw from the plant. They must be processed in some way to remove the toxins. You always see soy products either cooked or fermented. These two methods remove most of the toxins. Also all the claims about soy healing us, such as being a cancer preventer, a heart disease preventer, etc. were all claims that are backed only by the huge factory farms that grow tons and tons of soybeans (like AMD and the like). The studies are all biased studies that were initiated by these huge wealthy corporations to try to sell us their useless product. Most of the soy grown is used to feed farm animals and make industrial products.
I tried growing my own edamame and eating it raw (before i found out about all the bad stuff about soy, obviously!). It tasted absolutely awful! I think you can taste the toxins – its like the plant itself is screaming don’t eat me! I certainly wouldnt recommend eating it raw to anyone. Learn from my mistake! :P
I’ve been reading Living Cuisine by Renee Underkoffler and in it she says that when Henry Ford designed the first automobile he intended it to run on soy oil. Diesel engines too were oringinally designed to run on soy. It definetley made me question how safe soy was for human consumption.
Just for the sake of discussion, Okinawans had soy almost every day, albeit a small amount. And they were some of the healthiest, longest living, disease free people in the world, at least until they started eating a more SAD diet.
I know they ate it cooked. And I know most soy now is genetically modified.
I never consumed much soy other than occasional tofu in a Chinese dish, so I never really looked into that much. So I'm not advocating it. Just wondering.
I don't buy into the many conspiracy theories spread about soy. For example, there is also 'soy = bad' propaganda out there courtesy of the meat and dairy industries who are threatened by the popularity of soy alternatives.
Soy is a great food with some awesome health benefits if you're not into getting cancer, heart disease or osteoporosis, or want to ease menopause symptoms. However it is a common allergen, and digestive intolerance isn't uncommon either. Also, people with thyroid conditions or immune disorders, or a family history of either, may want to avoid it because soy isoflavones can trigger symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, mood swings and depression.
There is also legitimate concern about the proportion of soy we get in our diets relative to other foods, namely our over-reliance on it as a crop, the massive amount of pesticides and herbicides used in its cultivation, and GMOs.
However, if you know your ingredients, avoid processed foods, don’t have allergies, and insist on organic soy, I can't see any reason to avoid enjoying boiled edamame as a treat.