Thai food is not only delicious but also incredibly healthy and has immune boosting properties.

Healthy Thai food is packed full of fresh vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as B12, Vitamin A betacarotene, Vitamin C and E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, fiber, and folic acid. All these ingredients can help lower blood sugar levels, reduce obesity, maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and aid weight loss.

Healthy Thai Food Ingredients

Thai recipes are also easily made vegan because the flavours rely on the aromatic components of delicately balanced herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking also uses no dairy products or heavy fats. Even the richer curries are made using coconut milk which is known to be full of healthy fats, antioxidants, anti inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

Healthy Wok Cooking

Healthy Wok Cooking

Thai food is also cooked quickly on a high heat which retains not only the freshness of the ingredients but also most of the nutritional properties. Stir fry dishes are made using only a tiny amount of healthy oil at the beginning and then a natural broth is added to ensure the dish does not dry out.

It’s all about combining different flavors, textures, temperatures, and cooking methods in the same dish to give a taste bud explosion.

Fresh and healthy ingredients

Thai food predominantly features these ingredients:


1

Chillies

Good source of Vitamins A and C. They provide a boost to the immune system and help to alleviate congestion and clear sinuses. Research continues into pain relief potential.


2

Lemongrass

Good source of iron and potassium. It is said to help with stomach problems and to ward off the common cold.


3

Coriander

Good source of dietary fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals.


4

Galangal

Aids digestion and is extensively used in Chinese herbal medicine.


5

Kaffir Lime

Promotes gum and is good for digestion.


6

Garlic

Antioxidant, aids with digestion and research continues into effect n blood pressure and cholesterol.


7

Lime

Good source of potassium and vitamin C.

Thai chefs use only natural sweeteners such as palm sugar. This has a lower GI than common refined sugars and also provides a more intense taste. And Thai chefs do not use common salt. Saltiness is achieved by adding fish sauce which is full of protein, vitamins and minerals (of which vegan substitutes are available).

Thai Basil Healthy Vegan Food Shrewsbury Shropshire

So whether you are looking for a healthy recipe or takeaway options, Thai food is the best place to go. Even the curries are healthy and full of benefits.

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