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Novel Techniques in Nutrition and Food Science

Yam: Is It a Functional Food?

Submission: July 01, 2019;Published: August 23, 2019

Volume4 Issue2
August, 2019


The yam (Dioscorea sp) belongs to the Discotic family and is a plant that has an herbaceous and scandal stem being characterized by forming tubers. The most broadcast are D rotundata, D alata, D trífida, D esculenta and D cayennensis [1-3]. Its culture is quite common in African countries, especially in west Africa, but also in Brazil, mainly in Southeast and Northeast Regions [4-6]. The tuber is very well accepted in culinary, being used cooked itself or in preparations, but it’s use is quite explored in other areas, such as the use for medicinal purposes, with promises to improve the systemic functioning of the organism and to be beneficial in the treatment of some diseases [7].

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