Ingredients that make the Thai cuisine a balanced and healthy one
The main components of the Thai cuisine are colorful vegetables and fruits, seafood and meat varieties. These ingredients are being enriched with very healthy ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, tamarind sauce, kaffir lime leaf, Thai hot pepper, lichi fruit and papaya. Herbs and fruits, which give the Thai cuisine its spicy and authentic property, have been proven to be beneficial to health by studies.
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Thai Chili Pepper
Balancing the 5 different tastes; salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy, is always at the forefront when it comes to Thai cuisine. Red peppers have clearly a role in bringing the “spicy” taste into Thai dishes and it is capsaicin that gives the Thai chili pepper its “hot” taste. Studies have shown that capsaicin can help burning fat. The Thai hot pepper also supresses the appetite.
The taste and appearance of galangal, which is also called ”Thai ginger", is similar to turmeric root and ginger. Galangal, a prominent flavor especially in the Tom Yam soup, has ingredients that can kill cancer cells. Galangal is also an ingredient that helps to deal with infections and relieve pain.
Lemongrass gives Thai flavors a refreshing lemon flavor. It also contributes to your health. Research has shown that lemongrass has benefits for stomach ulcers and high cholesterol.
In addition to being a popular salad, the famous papaya salad contains an antioxidant called lycopene, which fights free radicals. This tropical fruit helps to protect against cancer and protects the skin from aging and damage with this antioxidant. Papaya, named as “Fruit of Angels” by Christopher Columbus, protects the heart health by increasing the effects of good cholesterol.
The tamarind, which is also called "Indian Date", stands out with its anti-inflammatory properties. The tamarind sauce which also is used in Pad Thai Noodles, protects against the heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Moreover, it is rich in magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium.
Lichi is a small fruit with a pleasant smell and taste. Lichi is used in drinks and desserts. This fruit strengthens the immune system and it is an antioxidant thanks to its high Vitamin C level. It's fiber and Vitamin B content increases the metabolic rate. This delicious fruit, which also protects against oxidative stress, contains components that supports blood circulation.
Mango is a fruit with a refreshing and exquisite taste and this tropical fruit is commonly used in the Thai cuisine. Mango, which is low in calories and contains high levels of fiber, is rich in calcium and zinc. It also contains vitamins A, C, B6, E. Thanks to these properties, the mango fruit has benefits for the skin, hair and heart health. The studies have shown that it can be supportive in terms of preventing obesity.