Order Lifepharm Global Products

Why Purple Yams Are the Trendiest New Dessert Ingredient

Why Purple Yams Are the Trendiest New Dessert Ingredient

Have you noticed the gorgeous, violet-hued desserts popping up on Instagram and Pinterest lately? The star ingredient is ube (pronounced OO-BAE), a purple yam that can be mashed or pureed and incorporated into sweet treats. There’s ube ice cream, pudding, frosting, doughnuts, even pop tarts.

But can it really make your favorite dessert healthier?

Ube is in the same family as root veggies like sweet potatoes and yuca, and has long been a staple in the Philippines. With a nutrient profile similar to orange-colored yams, one cup of ube contains almost 40 grams of carbohydrates (5 of which are dietary fiber), some protein (roughly 2 grams per cup), and no fat. Like the more common yams, ube is packed with immune-supporting vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, a mineral that acts as a natural de-bloater, and helps regulate heart function and blood pressure while fighting muscle cramps.

i can always count on @cheatdayeats to find the BEST cheat day SWEETS wherever we are! amazing ube & coconut ice cream puff at @theparloricecream 🍦🌈🦄 #CYeatsSMF #CYCheats #DreamEats

A photo posted by CY Eats • NYC • Food & Travel (@cy_eats) on Jan 22, 2017 at 7:06pm PST

This Purplie is like an Ube Brownie and it's ubelicious! 💜 Checkout my Snapchat 👻: HungryHugh! 💜 🍴: Purplie 👉🏼: @frankielucybakeshop 📍: FrankieLucy Bakeshop, 3116 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 💜 @frankielucybakeshop's PURPLIE is filled with Ube and covered with powdered sugar! 💜🙌🏼😍

A photo posted by A Foodie That's Always Hungry (@hungryhugh) on Jan 23, 2017 at 4:53pm PST

Hit me with your best shot Why don't you hit me with your best shot Fire Away 🎤-Pat Benatar For A Soft Swerve… Dayummm @Softswervenyc Hits A Homerun 💣 <========================> 🔹 🔹 🔹Eats 📸 Ube Soft Serve. Black Chocolate Cone. Fruity Pebbles <===========================> <===========================> 🔸 🔸 🔸Deets 📍@SoftswerveNYC <===========================> <===========================> #Eatsndeets #Foodintheair #Dessert #Sweet #Ube #SoftServe #IceCream #Foodprnshare #Food #NYCfood #GoodEats #Foodie #Noleftovers #Foodphotography #Foodstagram #Zagat #Todayfood #Comfortfood #Love #Infatuation #Instadaily #Starvingfoodseeker #Newforkcity #Eatingfortheinsta #Nomnomnom #Yummy #Buzzfeast #Myfab5 #Cheatdayeats #BeautifulCuisines

A photo posted by Daisy (@eats_n_deets) on Jan 24, 2017 at 4:58am PST

But ube’s purple pigment provides beneficial antioxidants. A study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry found that purple yams from the Philippines contain several antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which have been linked to anti-inflammatory effects, brain health and protection against heart disease and cancer.

Health.com: 28 Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Anthocyanins may also have some fat-fighting potential. In a recent Japanese study, published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers fed groups of mice a fatty diet with and without anthocyanins. The mice given anthocyanins didn’t gain body weight or body fat, and didn’t experience a rise in blood sugar, insulin, and blood fats. Researchers concluded that anthocyanins may act as a “functional food component” that offers protection against obesity and diabetes—at least in mice.

This doesn’t exactly mean you should feast on unlimited ube treats, of course. While ube desserts can be made with nutritious, plant-based add-ins, like coconut or almond milk, other recipes use ingredients like sweetened condensed milk. And a purple yam wrapped around a pastry crust made from refined carbs and sugar definitely doesn’t qualify as health food. Plus, any time you eat more carbs than your body can use for fuel, the surplus can prevent weight loss or lead to weight gain, even when the carbs are bundled with fiber and antioxidants.

Bottom line: Ube can add nutrients to any dish, including sweets. But still limit ube desserts to occasional indulgences, and create balance with smart strategies. For example, if you’re going to order ube ice cream for dessert, choose a lower carb entrée, like a protein-topped salad, rather than a sandwich or wrap. And try incorporating purple yams into savory meals in place of other “good carbs” like quinoa, sweet potato, and brown rice. Ube is delicious oven-baked, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with rosemary, or sautéed in EVOO and garlic—no added sugar needed.

Cynthia Sass is Health’s contributing nutrition editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and consultant for the New York Yankees. See her full bio here.

This article originally appeared on Health.com

The Effects of Stress on Your Body and Mind Are Staggering! Watch The Video Below To See What You Can Do To Regain Your Health...

Discover How Laminine™ Can Improve Your Health... Watch The Video Above!

Laminine™ Will Help Anyone. The Benefits, When Taken Regularly May Include...

  • Moderate the Stress Response
  • Maintain Healthy Cortisol Levels
  • Regulate Serotonin Levels
  • Reduce Physical and Mental Stress
  • Help Your Body Recover from Major Illnesses (e.g. Depression, Anxiety, Cancer)
  • Promote More Restful Sleep
  • Build Collagen for Healthier Skin
  • Reduce Signs of Normal Aging
  • Improve Emotional Balance
  • Promote Faster Post Workout Recovery
And Many More Health Benefits Reported By Everyday Users!




  • Enhance Muscle Tone and Strength
  • Improve Stamina and Energy
  • Increase Alertness
  • Aid in Brain Function and Activity (For people suffering from Alzheimer's syndrome, ADD, etc.)
  • Increase Physical and Mental Strength
  • Improve Focus
  • Increase Libido/Sexual Desire
  • Stimulate Natural DHEA Production
  • Improve the Overall Sense of Well-Being

Make 2017... the Year You Improve Your Health!

Join Thousands in 42 Countries (shown at the bottom of this page) Who Are Already Seeing Amazing Health Benefits from Regular Use of Laminine™ & Laminine™ Omega Plus!

"The Happy Pill"

Laminine™ is a Natural, Synergistic SuperFood that contains 22 amino acids, trace minerals, vitamins and Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) The perfect combination of life-giving sustenance sourced from land, sea and plant. Its source is from the "Miracle of Life". 

 Clinical Studies have been conducted which showed Laminine's™ positive effects on Physical, Mental, Emotional Strengths and Overall Health. Laminine™ is an all Natural Product
CLICK HERE To Join My Group & Order (Wholesale) & Choose the "Laminine™ Activation Pack"

After Clicking on One of the Links Below, Just CLICK the "Click Here to Agree and Continue" Button in the "Informed Consent and Participation Agreement" Form... to Begin Your Own Personal Q & A Session on How Laminine and Laminine Omega +++ Can Help You Achieve PERFECT Health.

Updated: January 30, 2017 — 7:30 pm

Copyright © 2019 - All Rights Reserved - Site Map - Resources (Add Your Link)

The statements and products referred to throughout this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician.

Glenn Freiboth - (815) 524-3752 - CST - [email protected] - Company Site
An Independent Lifepharm® Distributor

Available In The Countries Below: 

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States - More Countries Coming Soon!