Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Is Thai Food Healthy?

We're a health-conscious society. We count calories, control portions, measure servings, read labels, peel off the skin, etc. etc. Often, when we take the opportunity to dine at our favorite restaurant we think, "I'm going to let loose!" and you give yourself permission to order whatever you'd like. And you should! There's nothing wrong with indulging once and awhile. Especially when you come to Bangkok Thai Restaurant!

The question is, how healthy is Thai food?

According to thaifood.about.com (and from what Meow, Ploy and Joy have told us!) Thai cuisine is among the most healthy types of cuisine you can eat!

What good news!

The website goes on to hail the benefits of the fresh and healthy herbs and spices used in traditional Thai cooking, including lemongrass, tamarind, turmeric, galangal, and chilies.

In fact, turmeric is said to be an anti-inflammatory that may ease the discomfort of arthritis, and allergies! It is also considered to be an anti-oxidant that can help the body ward off disease. In laboratory studies, turmeric has also been known to help fight off breast and skin cancer!

Galangal (a cousin of ginger) is a powerful digestion aid. Actually, it's more than that - according to St. Hildegard of Bingen, a famous Herbalist (1098-1179), galangal could treat just about anything that ailed you, from indigestion to heart disease!

A more well-known ingredient, lemongrass, is widely used in Thai cuisine. It's a staple in Tom Yum Soup (featured on the BTR menu!) and is hailed as a cold and flu remedy.

Coconut milk, which gets a bad rap, is also said to be good for you. In fact, it lowers bad cholesterol, known as LDL, and promotes healthy cholesterol levels. It also boosts immunity, and may even fight aging! Who knew?

Of course, jasmine rice (in moderation) is also very healthy, as are spring rolls (non-fried) and the majority of Thai noodle dishes. It's nice to know that you can really feel good about eating the Thai food that you love, isn't it?

So, the next time you're thinking of dining out, consider Bangkok Thai Restaurant - not only will you be enjoying a tasty and unique meal, but you'll also be doing something good for your body!

It's almost the WEEKEND!

Got plans for the upcoming weekend yet? It not, give us a call and schedule your reservation and join for us for a meal this weekend!

And to all those lovebirds, we're still accepting reservations for Valentine's Day!

Have a great week!

Bangkok Thai Restaurant

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