Yams (Dioscorea alata) are starchy roots with white, orange, or purple, flesh and a thin brown/beige skin.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Yams:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid)
- Vitamin C
- Dietary Fiber
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer’s Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
Yams are high in potassium which is good for blood pressure, they have also been used as a diuretic and to relieve coughing.
Note: Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Yams, and may not necessarily be related to Yams.
How to choose Yams:
Pick firm yams with little smell. Avoid soft spots or discolorations.
Most yams contain a toxin which is destroyed when you cook them. Be sure not to eat a yam raw unless you are aware of the kind. The only yam which is not toxic raw is dioscorea esculenta, found in Japan.
Sweet Potato Fries With Coconut & Cinnamon – Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
You will need:
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. (200° Celcius). Cut ends off sweet potatoes and peel if they are not organic. Slice them lengthwise, then into strips about 1/4″ thick. In a large bowl, toss sweet potato slices with coconut oil, cinnamon and salt, making sure all pieces are coated. Spread out over baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes (until edges are lightly browned), flipping halfway.