The Health Benefits of Thai Cooking

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One of the most delicious types of cuisine that we enjoy today is the food from Thailand. It has become well-known over the decades along with its aesthetic pleasures. Thai cooking is actually easy to learn with the right recipes and knowledge. Most Thai food is full of flavour, it is blending the 4 “s” namely: sweet, sour, salty and spicy.

Abounding with the unique and tempting flavours as it is, have you ever thought about the health benefits of Thai food? Apart from the taste, it is full of health benefits. Thai food has gained recognition as one of the world’s healthiest cuisines. According to both CNN’s and MSN’s Ten (10) Healthiest Ethnic Cuisines of the world, Thai food ranks in the top 10.

Can a soup fight cancer? If it's a Thai favourite called Tom Yung Gung, the answer just might be yes. Made with shrimp, coriander, lemongrass, ginger, and other herbs and spices used in Thai cooking, the soup was found to possess properties 100 times more effective than other antioxidants in inhibiting cancerous-tumour growth. Researchers at Thailand's Kasetsart University and Japan's Kyoto and Kinki Universities became interested in the soup's immune-boosting qualities after noticing that the incidence of digestive tract and other cancers was lower in Thailand than in other countries, according to the list of "10 healthiest cuisines of the world". It also received one of the top 10 voted from CNN for "World's 50 most delicious foods" before Pad Thai.

Thai cooking methods and the ingredients used, contain significant nutritional, medicinal and healing properties. Research conducted on Thai dishes has shown that the herbs and spices do more than simply add flavour to the food.

The abundant use of the herbs and spices that are used in Thai cuisine have extraordinary health benefits. They provide disease-fighting, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and weight-loss, properties as well as protecting against certain chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. There are more than a hundred herbs and spices used in Thai cuisine; these are some of the most commonly used: lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime, lime, tamarind, coriander, holy basil or sacred basil, sweet basil, cloves, siam cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon.

Thai food is fast to cook, keeping the natural flavour of the ingredients and it is very healthy, in part because of the quick cooking time which allows the food to retain its essential vitamins and minerals. The thing that makes Thai food healthy is that it is based largely on fresh vegetables, although there is quite a bit of meat used in the dishes as well. It's no wonder that Thai people look so healthy!

Although Thailand cannot claim that they are the healthiest nation in the world but their food can effectively bring many health benefits.

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Jessa Melanie D. Villegas has 2 articles online

Had worked in the oil industry around the world including in Thailand where I was introduced to Thai cuisine.

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This article was published on 2014/01/22