Healthy Thai Dishes for People with Diabetes

4 August 2015
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When you're a diabetic eating at a restaurant can be difficult. Fortunately, Thai restaurants have several good options for diabetics. Many Thai dishes are stir fried, have a limited amount of meat, and have large quantities of vegetables—which makes Thai food a good option for diabetics. However, there are still several Thai dishes that diabetics should eat in smaller quantities or avoid completely. Before you visit the nearest Thai restaurant, learn more about which Thai dishes are healthy options for you.

Healthy Options

Vegetable-based dishes are lower in carbohydrates and sugar, making them a good choice for diabetics. So, when visit your local Thai restaurant look for dishes that have with more vegetables than meat, such as Thai chicken and vegetables or beef with basil and vegetables. Most Thai restaurants also offer vegetarian options, such as stir-fry vegetables covered in a light sauce and Thai eggplant. Several Thai dishes are made with curry and/or tofu. Both are good options for diabetics. However, before you order a tofu-based dish, make sure the tofu isn't fried. Other healthy options include steamed mussels, garlic shrimp, Thai salads, and Thai shrimp soup.

Dishes to Avoid

As a general rule of thumb, diabetics should avoid foods that are fried, filled with carbohydrates, or have a lot of sugar. With that in mind, you should try to avoid dishes such as pad Thai, lo mein, and Singapore noodles that are noodle based because they contain a lot of carbohydrates. If you can't resist Thai noodles, only eat half of the dish at the restaurant and save the rest for later. You should also avoid any fried rice dishes, even the vegetable-based ones.

Other Considerations

It's common for Thai dishes to be served with a side dish of noodles, fried rice, or white rice. While white rice isn't a great food choice for diabetics, it's the best option between the three. Also, most Thai dishes are smothered with sauce to add flavor. Before you order your meal, verify that the sauce included with your meal doesn't contain a lot of salt and/or sugar.

Compared to other dining choices, a Thai restaurant is a good option for diabetics because there are plenty of healthy options. As long as you pay attention to what type of food the dish includes, how the dish is made, and what ingredients the sauce contains, you should be able to order a meal from your local Thai restaurant with confidence. Find one in your area, such as The Thai D'or Restaurant, to explore the flavor possibilities.