All the world seems to be falling in love with Thai food. But did you know this marvelous-tasting world cuisine is also incredibly good for you? With its ancient blend of both fresh and dried herbs and spices, Thai food offers us a delicious way to get the nutrients, antioxidants, and disease-fighting potential we need to achieve lifelong health and fitness. Want to learn more? Here are just a few of the health benefits you’ll receive while enjoying a fabulous Thai meal:
You’ll Have More Immune-boosting Power! : Common Thai ingredients such as turmeric, coriander, galangal, and basil have powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation and protect the body from damage by toxins and free radicals.
Your Heart Will Be Happy! : Chilli pepper and coconut milk, two everyday ingredients in the Thai kitchen, both work to keep the heart running smoothly. Previously, coconut had earned a bad reputation for its fat content. But now coconut milk and oil are emerging as healthy substitutes for more traditional fats, such as butter and vegetable oils. Unlike most “bad fats”, the fatty acids in coconut helps to lower bad cholesterol, while promoting good cholesterol.
You’ll Fight Off Cold and Flu Viruses! : A key ingredient in Thailand’s favorite soup (Tom Yum Soup), lemongrass has long been used in Chinese medicine as a tonic for fighting off flus and colds. Lemongrass also relieves headaches and stomach cramps commonly associated with such viruses. Enjoy lemongrass in your Thai food, or use it to make soup or tea.
You’ll Look (and Feel) Ten Years Younger! : Thai holy basil, coconut milk, plus the numerous vegetables used in Thai cooking (such as broccoli, sprouts, and other “greens”) offer anti-aging benefits. From calming elements (as in Thai holy basil), to the skin-enhancing fatty acids in coconut milk/oil, and the anti-inflammatory protection of turmeric (which also fights arthritis), Thai food has much to offer those who wish to look as young as they feel.
You’ll Sleep Better! : Yes, recent studies prove that consuming just a little chilli pepper (fresh or dried) each day helps us fall asleep, and stay asleep longer. In other words, enjoying just one Thai dish per day is enough to keep you sleeping soundly.
The verdict is in: Thai food not only tastes good, but it also benefits your health. So go ahead and indulge in some tasty Thai dishes today. Your body will thank you for it!