In the heart of Boulder, where health and wellness are as much a part of the city as the Flatirons, soy has taken its rightful place as a nutritional powerhouse. This humble bean, often enjoyed as edamame, is not only a complete protein but also a rich source of vitamins and minerals essential for our well-being.

“Edamame is one of my favorite staple super-foods,” Boulder super-athlete Brenna Bray, PhD says, “it’s nutritious and delicious!”

Edamame: The Complete Protein

Edamame (AKA soybeans) punches above its weight, much like Boulder itself. They’re packed with protein, providing all the essential amino acids our bodies need.

One cup of cooked edamame contains:

The nutrition value alone makes edamame a great staple for those who value their health (and wallets)!

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Vitamins and Minerals Galore

Soybeans provide more than just protein; they’re a treasure trove of nutrients. Edamame is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including:

These nutrients contribute to bone health, blood clotting, and energy production, making edamame a smart addition to any meal.

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Boulder super-athlete Krzysztof Danielewicz loads shelled edamame onto homemade sushi after a day of outdoor climbing.

Phytoestrogens: Friends, Not Foes

Soy contains phytoestrogens, plant-based compounds that mimic estrogen in the body. However, they’re much weaker than the estrogen our bodies produce. The fiber in whole soy foods like edamame acts as a natural regulator, ensuring that these compounds don’t overwhelm our system.

In fact, phytoestrogens can have positive effects on:

These benefits make soy particularly beneficial for athletes, females, adolescents, and aging individuals (so… everyone, right?).

Busting Myths

Let’s set the record straight: eating soy won’t cause hormonal imbalances or “make you grow boobs.” The myth arises from a misunderstanding of soy’s phytoestrogens. Remember, the fiber in whole soy foods helps maintain the right balance, so you get all the benefits without the concerns.

Whole Soy for Whole Health

In Boulder, we love our whole foods, and soy is no exception. Shelled edamame is a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed on its own or added to soups, salads, and grain bowls. Toss them into your smoothies for an extra protein kick. Eating soy in its natural form ensures you’re getting all the goodness without any additives.

As we embrace the variety that nature offers, let’s not forget that soy is a valuable part of our dietary landscape. It’s a testament to the fact that sometimes, the simplest foods can be the most beneficial for our health.

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