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Jan. 5, 2016

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While the names are often used interchangeably, yams and sweet potatoes are two different foods! In fact, yams are frequently used as currency by the indigenous people of the Trobriand Islands in Papua, New Guinea. The more yams you have, the richer you are. They also play an important role in wedding customs on the islands.


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Festive Fruited Yams

Festive Fruited Yams

This recipe contains pectin, a soluble fiber found in fruits and vegetables that can help kill prostate cancer cells. The most concentrated sources of pectin are found in apples, peaches, and citrus fruit. This sweet, low-fat recipe makes an excellent side dish or dessert. Use it as an opportunity to boost your immune system and cancer-fighting capacity over the holiday season.

Makes 8 servings


4 yams (or sweet potatoes if yams aren’t available), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large green apple, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries or 1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener
1/2 cup orange juice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Place the yams in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with the sliced apple, cranberries, and raisins. Sprinkle with sugar, and pour the orange juice all over. Cover and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the yams are tender when pierced with a fork.

Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Festive Fruited Yams will keep up to 3 days.

Per serving: 114 calories, 0.2 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 1.5% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1.6 g protein; 28.2 g carbohydrate; 17.6 g sugar; 3.1 g fiber; 23 mg sodium; 33 mg calcium; 0.7 mg iron; 20.1 mg vitamin C; 6571 mcg beta-carotene; 0.6 mg vitamin E 

Source: The Survivor’s Handbook: Eating Right for Cancer Survival by Neal D. Barnard, M.D. and Jennifer Reilly, R.D.

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