Discover the Many Gluten-free Products from Thailand

February 14, 2024
There are numerous gluten-free products in Thailand.

People in Thailand buy gluten-free products for many different reasons. One of the main reasons is health concerns. In this blog, we’ll discover how gluten-free products can improve your health and what foods you can enjoy that are naturally gluten-free.

What is Gluten?

To understand why people choose gluten-free products, one must first understand what gluten is. Gluten is a type of protein that’s found in certain grains like wheat, barley and rye. It’s made up of two components, which are glutenin and gliadin. These components are what gives dough its elasticity. Gluten can be found in a number of foods like bread, pasta, cereal, and most baked goods.

People with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance can have a severe reaction to gluten. This causes their bodies to attack their internal organs, which can damage the small intestine and trigger a number of digestive problems. That’s why celiacs have to adopt a strict gluten-free diet.

Reasons for Choosing Gluten-Free Products

These are some other common reasons why people choose gluten-free products:

Health Reasons

These days, more people are choosing gluten-free products to improve their overall well-being despite not having any gluten-related health conditions. There’s some medical evidence that avoiding gluten can help lessen certain medical conditions, including digestive problems, headaches and joint pain. However, beware that avoiding gluten might not alleviate these symptoms for everyone. It’s essential to be careful when making such dietary restrictions as it could lead to nutritional deficiencies if not done correctly.

Personal Preference

Some people choose gluten-free foods for religious or cultural reasons, while others choose to go gluten-free as a lifestyle choice. Vegans tend to go gluten-free because they believe it’s healthier. Others decide to go gluten-free purely because they prefer the taste and texture of gluten-free products.

Which Foods Are Naturally Gluten-free?

Many food products in Thailand are naturally gluten-free. Here’s a quick summary of some of them:

Fruits and vegetables - Nearly all fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. This includes apples, mangoes, pineapples, oranges, bananas, berries, carrots, broccoli, and spinach. Besides being gluten-free, they’re also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. These are all the things your body needs to stay healthy and fit.

Meat and poultry - Beef, chicken and pork are naturally gluten-free. However, be careful as processed meats like sausages and deli meats tend to contain gluten.

Fish and seafood - These are also naturally gluten-free and a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids that are extremely beneficial in maintaining a good level of cholesterol in your body. Salmon, shrimp and tuna are all good for your health in moderate amounts.

Nuts and seeds - Besides being a good source of healthy fats and protein, nuts are also naturally gluten-free. They make a great healthy snack, so instead of munching on potato chips, reach for some nuts instead!

Dairy products - Dairy products are naturally gluten-free. Milk, cheese and yoghurt are excellent sources of protein and calcium, but be sure to avoid sweetened and flavoured milk as it may contain gluten.

Grains - Although gluten comes from grains, some varieties are naturally gluten-free. Rice, quinoa and corn are naturally gluten-free. They’re a great substitute for those that contain gluten as they still pack a good amount of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Exotic Food’s Gluten-free Products

Our peanut salad dressing is gluten-free.

Exotic Food Thailand produces a wide range of gluten-free products that are high-quality and flavourful.

Noodles - We have a range of gluten-free noodles in varying thicknesses.

Herbs and spices - The use of herbs and spices is never far in Thai cuisine, which is why we have a wide range for you to choose from. Minced ginger, galangal, coriander, green and red chillies are just some of the gluten-free ingredients available in our range.

Salad and dressing oil - We have a range of delicious sauces to spice up (literally) your healthy salad. Choose from a variety of sesame oil, chilli oil, and peanut or green salad dressings.

At Exotic Food Thailand, we believe in creating products that are healthy and taste good. Our vegan and gluten-free range caters to those who have dietary requirements but don’t want to sacrifice great taste. Pick up our gluten-free products today to add a little spice to your meals!

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