Are you looking to lose weight or on a low carb diet?

If yes, Thai food is your perfect meal choice. Why? Because it has many dishes with no dairy, is not greasy or fatty and goes well with healthy grains such as brown rice, wild rice, rice berry, quinoa and many others.

One of the dishes we would definitely recommend is Som Tum (or Raw Papaya Salad). This dish contains low calories and has both raw papaya and fresh chili peppers, a great combination to lose weight.

Raw papaya is a rich source of antioxidants, minerals such as potassium and magnesium, vitamin C, B and E and contains a lot more of the enzyme pappin which is known to help in the breakdown of foods, especially containing fats (as compared to a ripe papaya). Not only it has high fiber and nutritional value, raw papaya is known to help digestive disorders and improve the assimilation of the food you eat.

Fresh chili peppers are one of the most popular spices and known for their disease preventing and health promoting properties. Not only they are rich source of vitamin-C and antioxidants, they also help increase your metabolic rate and are a heat causing spice just like raw papaya. They are also a stimulant and aid in digestion by promoting the proper functioning of the inner lining of your intestines, which makes them a great addition to this weight loss recipe.

Remember the heat you feel after eating chili peppers? It takes energy and calories to produce. They have been found to contain substances that significantly increase heat production and oxygen consumption for more than 20 minutes after they are eaten.

Now you know why Som Tum is very popular in Thailand - not only because of its great taste but also its amazing health benefits.

Want to give it a try? Check out Thai Direct’s Som Tum Meal Kit and let us know what you think. Just know that it does not need to be too spicy!