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Old 04-04-2014, 03:55 AM   #1
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Edamame?

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:30 AM   #2
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Other than it being too high carb for a low carb diet (15gm in just one cup), not much.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:50 AM   #3
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I have it occasionally. I find it filling and have never eating an entire cup at one time.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:54 AM   #4
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I think it is too much work if you do not get it already shelled. Not all that about the taste either.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:57 AM   #5
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I've read too many negatives about soy (edamame is another name for it), don't touch it, don't feed it to my dogs or birds either. Soy is at the top of the list of GMO (genetically modified) foods along with corn and wheat. Very questionable food.

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Old 04-04-2014, 06:59 AM   #6
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I eat them all the time on lc. Remember they are high in carbs but really high in fiber. So if you subtract, it brings the carbs way down.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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I suggest people read up on soy. It's a new food and there are some very serious questions about it's health effects.

Remember, historically the Asians only ate soy after they fermented it for a long time, like in soy sauce or tofu.

And iirc, it's also possibly the most allergenic food out there, I was skin tested as being sensitive to it even though I didn't really notice a problem.

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Old 04-04-2014, 07:21 AM   #8
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Black soybeans are pretty low in carbs.
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I view them like shelled pistachios. You have to work at it to eat, so it slows you down a bit.
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Remember, historically the Asians only ate soy after they fermented it for a long time, like in soy sauce or tofu.
I don't eat much soy, either, but just so you know, tofu isn't fermented. The beans are boiled, ground up, strained to make soy milk, then a coagulating agent is added and the tofu is set into molds to form blocks.

And many people in Asia (and elsewhere) use soy milk without problems, as well as tofu.

That said, I don't eat much soy, for various reasons, but I don't think it's necessarily bad for everyone.
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Newer studies on soy suggest that all the fears about it just don't bear up to scrutiny. My position on soy has changed in the last year (used to avoid it). I sit on the fence right now on GMO's, because we've been eating GMO's for a very long time. Many of the vegies we've been eating for decades (or longer) are hybrids...which are essentially GMO's. Corn is a good example. The corn eaten today is nothing like the corn the pilgrims ate.

I'm probably more careful in trying to eat organic produce and responsibly raised meats (free range, grass fed, raised without antibiotics).
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:01 AM   #12
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I've read too many negatives about soy (edamame is another name for it), don't touch it, don't feed it to my dogs or birds either. Soy is at the top of the list of GMO (genetically modified) foods along with corn and wheat. Very questionable food.
Agree 100%. I'm not touching soy if I can help it. Unfortunately it's everywhere, and you have to work to keep it out of your diet.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:09 AM   #13
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Newer studies on soy suggest that all the fears about it just don't bear up to scrutiny. My position on soy has changed in the last year (used to avoid it). I sit on the fence right now on GMO's, because we've been eating GMO's for a very long time. Many of the vegies we've been eating for decades (or longer) are hybrids...which are essentially GMO's. Corn is a good example. The corn eaten today is nothing like the corn the pilgrims ate.

I'm probably more careful in trying to eat organic produce and responsibly raised meats (free range, grass fed, raised without antibiotics).
My main concern is the estrogenic effects it may have. I should read up, but I figure I don't like it so much that I can't live without it. And my understanding is that soy itself was never determined to have that much of a health benefit at all; the only reason it took off is because it's a good row crop, it can be grown in enormous amounts, and can be put into everything, so it's good for profit.
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I just looked it up and the carbs didn't seem too bad after subtracting fiber if you wanted them for a treat and kept it to a small dish...i love edamame boiled salted and in the pod. I first had them when I used to live in Japan years ago and I called them beer beans because they were so often on the table in pubs instead of peanuts, and I loved them...still do...though I haven't had them since I started low carb. That said, if they were in from of me in a restaurant now that I have looked them up, I would eat a few.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:56 PM   #15
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I've read too many negatives about soy (edamame is another name for it), don't touch it, don't feed it to my dogs or birds either. Soy is at the top of the list of GMO (genetically modified) foods along with corn and wheat. Very questionable food.
Just buy organic and you can avoid GMOs.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #16
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Soy products fight the effectiveness of Synthroid. I know a lot of us take synthroid for thyroid problems.
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I suggest people read up on soy. It's a new food and there are some very serious questions about it's health effects.

Remember, historically the Asians only ate soy after they fermented it for a long time, like in soy sauce or tofu.

And iirc, it's also possibly the most allergenic food out there, I was skin tested as being sensitive to it even though I didn't really notice a problem.

I honestly, don't buy any of this scare hype. There's no documented evidence to suggest soy is dangerous, that isn't written by someone without an agenda.

And don't get me started on organic vs GMO...another horrible scare tactic with ZERO evidence based in scientific research.
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Every woman I know who has had breast cancer has been told by her doctor to avoid soy.
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Soy is full of phytoestrogens, slows thyroid function, is loaded with anti-nutrients essentially blocking the absorbtion of essential nutrients from food, and over 90% produced in U.S. is GMO.
Of course, everyone will believe what they want, or what is convenient for them, about these things, but seeing all the chronic and debilitating disease running rampant, that were virtually unheard of even just a couple of generations ago, me and my family avoid it like the plague. And like Tish437 posted, breast cancer patients are ordered to avoid soy also, and for good reason.
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I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft. pole.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:26 PM   #21
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The fact is that there may not be enough good, unbiased, long term, info on whether it's healthy or dangerous. I'm not interested in being a guinea pig. It's not like there isn't a lot of proven healthy vegetables so I personally won't take the chance.

But...I'm also allergic, and I think a lot of people are allergic and don't know it. I didn't until I was skin tested.

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I avoid it too. Since my thyroid shut down, I can link just about every symptom back to soy. I really don't believe what mainstream dogma may say. They don't care about my health, they just care about making money. So of course they are going to put down naysayers.

As for GMO, totally avoid any of it. And it's not just that they have changed the structure of the plant, it is embedded with round up. I don't know about anyone else, but ingesting round up is not high on my list of things to eat.

One thing to keep in mind, we are where we are as a nation because of 'people' telling us what was good for us to eat. I don't listen to any of it any more.
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