Thai Ingredients and Their Health Benefits
These everyday basic herbs and ingredients in Thai cuisine have so many health benefits, and they taste good too! Here are some examples of what some of the well known Thai ingredients can do for you:
Lime – An essential ingredient in a variety of Thai dishes. We like to put it in our cocktails for added refreshment. It is a great source of vitamin C and potassium.
Fresh chilies – Many different varieties are used in Thai cooking. The general rule is that the smaller the chili, the hotter it is. It is a source of vitamins A, C, and K. Research continues into pain relief potential.
Lemongrass – This blade-like grass is used to add a fragrant citrus flavour to many dishes. It also makes a refreshing tea. Great source of iron and potassium.
Galangal (Thai ginger) – Looks similar to root ginger and is from the same family. Ginger is warming while galangal is cooling. Aids with digestion and is often used to help treat the common cold.
Kaffir lime leaves – Unlike the smooth surface of a regular lime, the kaffir lime has a bumpy, knobbly surface. The fruit itself has very little juice so the zest is used in curry pastes and sauces. The leaves add a great citrus taste. Promotes gum health and is good for digestion.