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August 16, 2007

'What is edamame?'* File under 'Things that make me go 'Huh?'


Tara Parker-Pope is the Health Journal columnist at the Wall Street Journal and she's excellent at what she does.

Memo to Rupert Murdoch: Double her salary yesterday or prepare to see her fly the coop to somewhere she'll be paid what she's worth — which is at least twice what she's getting now.

But I digress.

She also has a Health Mailbox feature which appears weekly and takes a reader question, then answers it.

But here's the deal: At the bottom of the column it says, "Email questions to Tara Parker-Pope at healthjournal@wsj.com."

My question, which I'm not emailing to Ms. Parker-Pope but instead stating here is, "Why would anyone in their right mind bother emailing a question to her when you can put the very same question into the Google search box and get an answer in less than a second — guaranteed — as opposed to a 1 in who knows how many questions a week she receives chance of being answered in her Health Mailbox?"

Now, it may well be that she also replies to all the ones that don't get published but I find it very hard to believe she's got enough time to research and write her own featured Health Journal column along with keeping up with Health Mailbox and give nonpublished questions the same kind of thoughtful, documented answers that appear in print.

Work with me on this and help me understand why you'd email her or anyone, for that matter (except me, of course... — joke), as opposed to going to Google and getting the answer for yourself.

Makes no sense to me and I have very little time for things that seem senseless or — even worse — boring.

*"What is edamame?" was the question that appeared in yesterday's Health Mailbox.

Here's Ms. Parker-Pope's answer.

    What is edamame?

    Edamame are basically boiled green soy beans, picked while they are still immature and eaten directly from the pod. I know that doesn't sound all that appetizing but they are surprisingly tasty. They are often served in Japanese restaurants and Sushi bars as an appetizer. Kids, including my 8-year-old daughter, actually love the slightly crunchy texture of edamame beans. (Although it may be tough to get some kids to try it at first.)

    Edamame dishes are often served hot, steamy and dusted with salt. Squeeze the beans out of the pods and pop them into your mouth, discarding the skins.

    Unlike most green vegetables, edamame are high in healthful fats. They have about 36% fat, 33% carbs and 31% protein. A serving has about eight grams of fat, including seven grams of healthy unsaturated fats. They have no cholesterol or sodium (although sodium goes up if you serve them with salt) and eight grams of fiber. They are also a source of iron, vitamin C and calcium.

    You can usually find frozen edamame at the grocery store or fresh varieties at Asian markets.


Here is a link to the Google search results for "What is edamame?"

For reference, the answer came back in 0.22 seconds.

Pictured up top are edamame in the pod; below,



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they are delicious and addictive

Posted by: rob | Aug 16, 2007 9:07:57 PM

Great to eat - but I worry about GM Soybeans finding their way into this distribution path. Also, there are quite a few studies out there on Environmental Estrogen - a potentt hormone found in Soy products.

Love them.....just like I love Maguro knowing that Hg is present.....

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 16, 2007 6:47:10 PM

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