Many people are drawn to Thai food because the health benefits that it offers. Despite some of the popular menu items that you will see in Americanized thai food restaurants, traditional thai food offers an assortment of benefits that are great for your health.
It all starts with the ingredients…
Thai restaurants use ingredients such as hearty vegetables and roots that are nutrient dense, as well as spices that offer positive health benefits.
Garlic – Garlic is a common ingredient in most thai dishes. It adds wonderful aroma, taste, and you guessed it, health benefits. Garlic known to assist digestive processes, help to regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol. It also has anti fungal properties and is known to help with blood sugar levels. Despite some peoples distaste for garlic, it is suggested by many dietitians to include garlic in your diet and consume regularly.
Besides being great for your bodies regulatory system, garlic goes excellent with spices and is a key component to the distinct taste of your favorite thai dishes.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a sacred herb and has been used as commonly in medicine as it has in food in the Eastern world. It’s medicinal properties include, but are not limited to ant
- inflammatory properties – Turmeric helps keep your body resilient, and helps to fight off bacteria that causes inflammation and more serious health risks such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more. For these reasons many people take turmeric regularly in a capsule form.
- Antioxidants – Though many substances claim to have antioxidant properties, there are few that have the antioxidant effect of turmeric. Antioxidants are essentially free electrons that help bind to free radicals (molecules with unpaired electrons) in our body to neutralize their destructive effect. Without antioxidants free radicals would roam free in our bodies and cause havoc internally, potentially leading to cancer and other serious disease.
- Brain function – Turmeric is also linked to improve brain function and brain protection, and strongly linked to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Beyond being known for being the ingredient that makes curry yellow, it also linked to helping to prevent the most common modern diseases.
Chillies – Let’s not forget the ingredient that really separates thai food from other style foods. chillies give thai food their flair, and also offer a unique mix of health benefits. Beside making your nose run and clearing up your sinuses, they also help boost your immune system with their high concentration of vitamin C. Additionally chillies offer energy, reduce cholesterol, and act as a natural pain reliever.
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