Despite soy’s current ubiquity, the history of soy food products in the US has been limited to a few decades – not long compared to its thousand-year history in East Asia. In these few short years, however, soy’s many health benefits have emerged: low in fat and calories but full of protein and calcium. Laboratory tests have shown that soy products possess remarkable health benefits.

Delight Foods is particularly proud to introduce American green soybeans. Our beans are among the best non-genetically modified varieties available anywhere, selected for their sweet flavor and satisfying crunch. The beans are organically or conventionally grown on small farms in eastern North Carolina.

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What are green soybeans?

Soybeans have been cultivated in China for more than 3,000 years. You might know green soybeans by their Japanese name, Edamame (pronounced eh-dah-MAH-may), or "beer bean." In China, they're known as mao-dou ("hairy bean"), and they go by several names in North America: vegetable soybean, edible soybean, sweet bean, and green soybean.

Green soybeans have two to four plump, crunchy peas inside a hairy pod. The beans are harvested before the soybean reaches full maturity, while the peas are still green and tender. Soybeans have a unique taste: sweet, nutty, and a bit savory, with a slightly crisp texture.

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How do I prepare green soybeans?

To prepare fresh in-pod soybeans, boil them for five minutes, rinse with cold water, and squeeze the beans out of the shells for a quick appetizer or snack. Don't eat the pods! Shelled green soybeans have already been cooked and are ready to eat -- as a snack or in salads, soups, side dishes, and entrees alongside grain, pasta, and other vegetables. Green soybeans are available fresh from mid-summer through early fall and frozen year round.

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Soybeans and your health.

Green soybeans (as with all soy foods) provide remarkable nutrition. A daily diet containing 25 grams of soy protein, that is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Green soybeans are the only vegetable food source that contains all essential amino acids needed to make complete proteins. One half cup of green soybeans contains only 60 calories, two grams of fat (one gram saturated fat), no cholesterol, and three grams of sugar -- but has six grams of protein and eight grams of dietary fiber. Soy is a great source of vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals, anti-oxidants, and omega 3 fatty acids. Soy has been linked to a reduced risk or incidence of cancer, menopausal symptoms, and other chronic illness. To learn more about health and soy, please visit the following websites.

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Soybeans and the environment

Soy uses less land, water, and energy than other protein sources: one acre of soy can produce enough protein for the average man for six years! In fact, soybeans help to fertilize the land they’re grown on. All parts of the soy plant can be used: we eat the beans, and farmers compost the plants. Soy is good for our health and for Mother Earth.

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The United States Department of Agriculture offers a lot of information about Soy. Use their search window, and enter words like “Edamame” or “Soybean”, then click the “GO” button.

The United States Food and Drug Administration provides information to general public on food, drug, and health, search topic on soy related to health.

HealthWell is an online source of information on healthful living.

Soybean.org is a consumer site sponsored by the United Soybean Board and Soy Protein Partners. It includes a Soyfoods Guide, further information on soy foods and health, and more.

The United Soybean Board is an industry council that provides technical information on soybeans for industry, consumers, and the media.

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