Benefits of eating Yams


  1. Weight Control:
    Yams are a nutrient-rich, yet low-calorie, food. A single yam contains an average of only 157 calories. The low calorie content, however, isn't the only factor that makes yams ideal for those watching their waistlines. The high fiber content of these vegetables slows the rate at which your body releases glucose into your bloodstream--fighting hunger and reducing your temptation to snack.
  2. Reduced Uric Acid Levels:
    Uric acid is responsible for causing gout. This painful inflammatory condition results when high levels of uric acid in the blood cause urate crystals to form within the joints. Uric acid can also crystallize within the kidneys--causing debilitating kidney stones. A Harvard University School of Public Health observational study of 1387 men demonstrated that high levels of vitamin C, such as that found within yams, reduced the uric acid buildup within the blood and subsequently reduced the participants' risk of developing gout and kidney stones.
  3. Reduced Diabetes Risk:
    Each yam contains 24.4mg of magnesium--a crucial nutrient that may help you prevent diabetes. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes frequently have low levels of magnesium in their bloodstreams. A study of over 2000 individuals suggests that including higher levels of magnesium in the diet may help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  4. Lower Blood Pressure:
    Potassium helps your body filter sodium and maintain a proper water balance. Thus, adequate potassium in your diet can help you avoid developing hypertension. Yams boast an impressive 911mg of potassium each. In a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension study, individuals who ate foods rich in potassium were able to reduce their blood pressure more than participants eating nutrient rich foods devoid of this beneficial mineral.



A form of sweet potato, yams typically contain a much dryer flesh and boast a different nutritional content from most varieties of sweet potato currently grown in the U.S. Humans have eaten yams for well over 50,000 years, and you can reap the same health benefits from this root vegetable as your early ancestors did when you include it in your next family dinner.

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