Top Thai Raw Food Restaurants Worth Visiting

A lot of people know that Thai food is normally spicy. Some like it while the others don’t.

Unknown to many, however, some Thai food are also served raw in particular the vegetable salads. This type of food may be common in many countries but Thais have their own way of preparing it with a unique taste.

Raw food is light and definitely has less calories. As such, it is perfect for the vegetarians and the vegans who don’t normally eat meat. Those who are in a cleansing diet can also benefit from it.

If you’re planning to visit Thailand any time soon or in the near future, you can find there several restaurants offering authentic raw food. In most dining areas there that serve veggie salads, the ingredients are served fresh most of the time. You may also tell the staff getting your order if you prefer to have no meat or honey in your salad.

One is Rasayana in the capital Bangkok. This place can be hard to find but once you get there, you’ll never regret your dining experience. With a friendly staff to accommodate you and healthy raw food waiting for you, being in this restaurant is a major treat. Apart from the food, you can try their organic juices such as the wheatgrass juice. You also have a choice between indoor and al fresco dining.

Another place you can go to is the Ariya Organic Café. This is more accessible being located at the second floor of Mahboonkrong Mall in downtown Bangkok. Your choices at this café are salads, juices, sushi, smoothies and a raw version of the popular Pad Thai. The place, however, is rather small with only a few tables available so be patient in waiting for the others to finish their meals if you happen to visit when it’s jampacked.

Finally if you’re in Chiang Mai, you can try the Giva Organic Vegan restaurant there. This place offers delicious meals that can truly satisfy your gastronomic needs. Food is prepared while you wait and fresh organic ingredients are always used.

About the guest author:

Renee is a foodie and Thai food is one of her favorites. She’s been to Thailand for a short work assignment last year the reason why she had an opportunity to taste the authentic cuisine of the country. While there, she’s taken some time learning the local dialect at Thai Language Express, a Thai language school.


Some of the benefits of eating raw food

Many people feel strongly that our twenty-first century Australian diet is harmful. They blame the incidence of obesity, allergies and chronic degenerative disease on our consumption of highly refined and processed foodstuffs, and recommend a return to a more wholesome natural diet of principally raw foods.

A  raw food diet is not necessarily 100% uncooked food; nutritionists who advocate a raw food diet often recommend that about a third of intake should be uncooked with the remainder being subject to some heating. Healthy ways of heating food include grilling, drying and smoking. The range of foods that can be consumed on a raw food diet is quite wide: fresh vegetables and fruit, legumes, fruit and vegetable juices, grains, nuts, seeds, some dairy products and fish feature in most raw food recipes.

Eating raw food may provide a number of nutritional benefits that are not available from cooked food. Raw plant foods, vegetables and fruits contain nutrients in the form of vitamins, phyto-chemicals and minerals. Heating food may compromise its nutritional value by destroying vitamins, spoiling the structure of proteins, and converting minerals from an organic state to an unusable inorganic state that the body struggles to assimilate.

There are high levels of enzymes in uncooked foods. One of the roles of enzymes is to support the body’s digestive processes. When raw foods are consumed the body does not have to expend energy on producing enzymes to assist digestion; because heat may destroy enzymes in food, the digestive process may be hindered and the body’s energy depleted.

Omega 3 fats and other unsaturated fats and oils in nuts, seeds, deep sea fish and green vegetables have ant-inflammatory properties that protect the heart and blood vessels. Cooking these foods changes the structure of unsaturated fats and oils, creating free radicals that damage the body’s cells; this damage is believed to be responsible for premature ageing and has also been linked to diseases including arthritis, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Some nutritionists believe that much of the highly refined and processed foods available on supermarket shelves are unsuitable for human consumption. Advocates of raw food believe that this low-tech way of eating is a far more wholesome way to nourish ourselves. When people start to eat a predominantly raw diet, many say that they soon notice an increase in energy levels and an improvement in mental sharpness.  In the longer term they may find that their resistance to illness improves and their body weight naturally becomes more stable.  To find out more about this powerful, natural, healthy way of living, keep reading about and eating raw food .