Green Thai Chicken Curry
If you haven’t guessed by now, I like to put lots of herbs and spices in my cooking. Thai cuisine really lends itself to this. It is known as one of the healthiest cuisines because of the quantities of fresh herbs and spices that get used. Also, the majority of Thai food is stir fried and so very little fat gets added. The one ingredient that is used a lot, which contains a high amount of fat, is coconut. There is some conflicting opinions as to whether the fat found in coconut is good for us as it is a saturated fat. However, the type of saturated fat found in coconut is slightly different to what is found in animal products, such as fatty meat, cheese and butter, as it forms medium chain fatty acids, instead of long. These medium chain fatty acids have been found to be better at providing energy for the muscles, so less likely to be stored in the body as fat. Evidence suggests they contain more antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral compounds, helping to protect the body from infection. Therefore including coconut, in moderation, in your diet is fine. Just remember, when possible to choose the low fat versions of coconut milk to help keep your fat consumption down. Personally I prefer the low fat versions as I find the full fat too rich and creamy for my taste.