Health benefits and risks of yam

Health benefits and risks of yam

Yam should be familiar to everyone as an ingredient on people's tables. It is not only food, but also medicine, a typical representative of medicine and food. Yam is sweet and flat, belongs to the lung, spleen, and kidney meridians, and has the function of strengthening the spleen, nourishing the essence, and fixing the kidney. Yam is widely used in medicinal and food applications and is known as the "common ginseng." What are the benefits of such a nutritious food and what do we need to be aware of? Take a look at SaintNoon.


What are the effects of Yam?

1. Strengthen the spleen and stomach, and promote digestion

Yam is rich in amylase, polyphenol oxidase, the secretion of enzymes to help digestion, the stomach and intestines open, and the spleen and stomach.


2. Benefit the lungs and stop coughing

Yam contains saponin and mucilage, which can nourish the lungs and stop cough, the role of treating lung deficiency cough phlegm prolonged cough.


3. Yam has a tonic effect

Regular consumption of Yam can have a tonic effect on the kidneys, and yang, blood, and Qi have an excellent tonic effect.


Who is not suitable for eating yam?

Although yam has high nutritional value, it is not suitable for everyone. So who is not appropriate to eat yam? Let's take a look!


1. People with constipation

Although the role of yam is to promote digestion, the original yam is a portion of hot food, and constipation when eating yam will quickly lead to fire, resulting in dry stool and more severe constipation.


2. Diabetic people

Diabetic patients are not recommended to eat Yam if they have already eaten staple foods. Because yam is rich in mucus, protein, and starch, eating yam after staple foods makes it easy to cause blood sugar to rise instead of fall.


3. People who are allergic to yam

Yam is rich in saponin, plant alkali, and other allergic substances. A few people will eat acid reflux diarrhea, itchy skin, and other allergic symptoms, so when these symptoms occur, stop eating immediately.


What foods should not be eaten with Yam?

When eating Yam, some foods cannot be eaten with Yam, and some foods will have an incompatible effect with Yam, destroying the nutritional value of Yam itself, and may also cause adverse reactions in people.


  1. Indigestible food

Yam contains more starch. If you eat a lot of indigestible, greasy food, yam to help digestion can not fully play the role, leading to indigestion.


  1. Seafood

Yam can not be eaten with shrimp, crab, and other seafood products. Eat separately. Their nutritional value is relatively high. Once the two are together after eating, it is accessible to nausea, vomiting, constipation, and other situations.

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  1. Alkaline food

Yam contains amylase, and alkaline foods such as tofu, peas, and other foods together will reduce the nutritional value of amylase in yam, affecting the medicinal effects of yam.



Although yam has high nutritional value and is loved by people, because yam is rich in allergies such as saponin, mucin, and plant alkali, many people in the process of peeling yam will have an itchy skin rash, especially people with low immunity levels and allergies to these substances may be more serious. Therefore, it is recommended that you wear suitable gloves when handling yams, which can effectively relieve hand allergies.

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