The eastern most country in South East Asia, Vietnam, with busy streets and narrow passageways holds closely guarded secrets to good health. The food that on the outset may look more like its South Eastern neighbours Chinese and Thai— is distinctively different. The cuisine to a certain extent is influenced by Chinese and French but has held on to its own. Almost all dishes from this part of the country are mostly prepared using methods such as boiling, grilling or steaming. Oil is replaced by water or broth and in some cases sparsely used. The large quantities of fresh vegetables and herbs that find their way into the dishes generally take care of delicate dispositions and help keep a few stubborn diseases away. Here are 6 reasons why you should choose Vietnamese food.
1. It’s gluten free
Those with gluten intolerance can count on Vietnamese food for relief. Rice grows in abundance in this country and is the major ingredient in most dishes. For instance, Rice noodles and rice flour is usually used instead of wheat.
2. It will reverse ageing
Plenty of vegetables, herbs and sea food present in Vietnamese food ensure that you get your daily recommended dose of Vitamin E and A. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, has been proven to decrease the effect of the sun on the skin. It also fights free radicals in the body to prevent them from damaging the skin further. Vitamin A is known to generate healthy skin and helps in healing scars.
3. It boosts immunity
Most Vietnamese broth takes hours to be prepared and is rich in vitamins and minerals including folate, iron, magnesium and vitamins C, B3, B6. All these nutrients aid in fighting fatigue. The soups with green vegetables and sea food contains immunity boosting nutrients such as Vitamin A, B1, zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium.
4. It helps lose weight
Vietnamese food is generally less in calories and high in fibre that keeps you full for longer. Many of the dishes, especially salads are seasoned with herbs and spices instead of oil or dairy. If you must indulge in desserts than traditional Vietnamese meal is wound up with huge servings of fresh fruits. Desserts are also made using palm sugar which has a low glycemic index than regular sugar and is healthier.
5. It aids in digestion
The dishes are lightly flavoured and make generous use of herbs like mint, coriander, cilantro and anise. These herbs are known to aid digestion and fight disease causing inflammation.
6. It is healthier than Chinese and Thai food
Vietnamese food does not rely on frying (as in Chinese food) or coconut based sauces (as in Thai food) for flavour. Fresh herbs lend these foods their unique taste and aroma and thereby reduce the number of calories compared to its famous cousins.