I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about this next particular bean. It’s raved about in many health sites, and vegetarians use it for more protein in their diets. It is the Soybean. China has cultivated soybeans for thousands of years, and are included in their diet. In the States you are more familiar with them in two particular forms: tofu, and edamame.
Soybeans have folate, calcium, fiber, iron, phosphorus, high protein, and are low in carbohydrates. As a plant food throughout history and even today they are known as “meat of the field” or “meat without bones.”
These particular beans come in different colors and hull/seed sizes that include black, brown, blue, yellow, green, and mottled. The soybeans you find in your grocery stores have already been removed from the pod and dried out, and will be a light tan or pale yellow color. The mature dried soybeans are black, brown, or blue in color. Fresh soybeans that haven’t been dried are always green in color, becoming a brighter shade of green when cooked. These are the ones most people are more familiar with seeing at their local grocery or health food stores. Overall, soybeans are basically bland, no matter what color they are, can be added to many dishes.
Some folks like them and eat them often; others don’t, and won’t. Just Google ‘soybean controversy’ on the internet and you’ll be able to read lots of related information. There are many people who are allergic to soybeans, and not know it until you’ve consumed them. I know some people who had various health-related problems because of their consumption of soybeans. I personally experienced horrible stomach cramps when we had “healthy” smoothies with a soybean base. As soon as I stopped drinking the smoothies, I felt 100% better. No more soybeans for me, no matter what form they take.
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