What Happens If you Eat Edamame Shells? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat edamame shells, (you may have some digestive issues, but nothing serious).

Edamame shells or pods are the outer covering of young soybeans that are harvested before they ripen.

If you accidentally eat edamame shells, you may experience some digestive discomfort, such as bloating, gas, or constipation.

This is because they contain a lot of fibernand are very tough and hard to chew.

Fiber can help regulate bowel movements and lower cholesterol levels, but too much of it can cause gastrointestinal problems.

It is quite uncommon to eat edamame shells due to their unpleasant texture and taste.

You can drink plenty of water and eat some probiotic foods, such as yogurt or kimchi, to ease your digestion if you eat edamame shells by mistake.

To avoid accidental eating of edamame shells, you should discard them after you squeeze out the beans, or buy shelled edamame that are already removed from the pods.

Finally, remember, edamame shells are (not edible and should not be consumed, but the beans inside are nutritious and delicious).

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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