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Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)

Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Bean and Soybean Promotion Research Report (2012)
Author: Krishna Sharma

Soybean (Glycine max L. Merrill) “star legume” is the most widely grown and used legume in the world. USA and Brazil dominate the production of grain type soybean while China and Taiwan dominate the production of vegetable type soybean popularly known as ‘Edamame’. Japan and USA are major importers of Edamame. Soybeans, in general, are rich in protein, carbohydrates, dietary fibre, omega -3 fatty acids and other nutrients. In addition Edamame contains more proteins, sucrose and abscisic acids than grain type soybean. The clinical value of soybean against heart disease, cancer, hypertension and osteoporosis is making Edamame more popular. Edamame is described as an “emerging new crop” in European and North American countries.

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