Fattiest foods of Thailand: Top 5 high-fat and unhealthy Thai foods

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Are you aware of what Thai foods are highest in fat? Thai foods are plentiful and diverse. And when looking through the long list in Thai restaurants menus, you can find it difficult to determine what foods are healthy or not.

In fact, some of Thai dishes are very unhealthy. These Thai dishes contain a high number of calories from fat, oil, pork fat (lard), chicken fat, beef fat (tallow, suet), or sugar. They have a small amount of fiber, protein, vitamins or minerals.

Below is the list of high-fat Thai foods that you should not eat, if you want to lose weight and prevent chronic diseases.

# 5 Khao Kha Moo or Stewed Pork Leg On Rice (ข้าวขาหมู)

Khao Kha Moo or Stewed Pork Leg On Rice (ข้าวขาหมู)

One dish of Khao Kha Moo (300 grams) contains about 456 calories. Khao Kha Moo is made with pork shank, vegetable or peanut oil, hard-boiled chicken eggs, bokchoy, and other spices and seasonings like sugar, salt, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, cinnamon, mustard… This meaty Thai food is served with steamed rice.

Khao Kha Moo nutrition facts
Serving size: 1 dish (300g)
Calories : 456
Fat : 17.1 g
Carbohydrate : 55.5 g
Protein : 20.1 g

# 4 Pad See Ew or Thai Stir Fried Noodles (ผัดซีอิ้ว)

Pad See Ew or Thai Stir Fried Noodles (ผัดซีอิ้ว)

One dish of Pad See Ew (300 grams) contains about 585 calories. This Thai stir fried noodle dish is made of broad rice noodles, pork (or beef), chicken eggs, Chinese broccoli, sugar, soy sauce, chili, and garlic. All the ingredients are stir-fried with vegetable oil.

Pad See Ew Nutrition facts
Serving size: 1 dish (300g)
Calories : 585
Fat : 29.1 g
Carbohydrate : 62.1 g
Protein : 18.9 g

# 3 Khao Man Gai or Chicken Fat Rice (ข้าวมันไก่)

Khao Man Gai or Chicken Fat Rice (ข้าวมันไก่)

One dish of Khao Man Gai (300 grams) contains 600 calories. Main ingredients of this Thai dish are chicken meat, chicken broth (containing a lot of chicken fat), steamed rice, soy sauce, and various spices and seasonings.

Khao Man Gai nutrition facts
Serving size: 1 dish (300g)
Calories : 600
Fat : 24.6 g
Carbohydrate : 74.4 g
Protein : 19.5 g

# 2 Pad Krapow Gai or Thai Basil Chicken (ผัดกระเพราไก่)

Pad Krapow Gai or Thai Basil Chicken (ผัดกระเพราไก่)

There are 650 Calories in a dish of Pad Krapow Gai. The dish is made with boneless skin-on chicken thighs, chicken eggs, holy basil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, chili peppers, vegetable oil and sugar.

Pad Krapow Gai nutrition facts
Serving size: 1 dish (300g)
Calories : 650
Fat : 26.5 g
Carbohydrate : 75.6 g
Protein : 21.5 g

# 1 Pad Thai or Thai Stir-Fried Noodles (ผัดไทย)

Pad thai or Thai Stir-Fried Noodles (ผัดไทย)

This is the fatties and very unhealthy Thai food, due to comprising a lot of saturated fat. A dish of Pad Thai (300 grams) contains up to 800 calories. Main ingredients of this popular Thai dish are rice noodles, eggs, tofu, peanuts, shrimp, crab, squid, chicken meat, which are mixed with various spices and vegetables. All the ingredients are stir-fried with oil.

Pad Thai nutrition facts
Serving size: 1 dish (300g)
Calories : 800
Fat : 40 g
Carbohydrate : 72.9 g
Protein : 23.1 g

While cooking the Thai foods above, Thai cooks sometimes add more sugar, salt (sodium) and other ingredients high in saturated fat, like butter or coconut oil. Actually, the preparation method and the types of ingredients make these Thai foods unhealthy. Although they are very popular and well-liked, not only in Thailand but all over the world also, regular eating these high-fat Thai dishes can result in obesity, raise of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood, which will increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

For more information, here is another list of other healthy Thai foods versus unhealthy Thai foods:

Healthy and Unhealthy Thai foods

EAT THIS...NOT THAT...
YAM TALAY (SEAFOOD SALAD)
Protein Heavy. Carb Light. Low Calories

KUAYTEOW LUISUAN (SPRING ROLLS)
Protein Light. Carb Light. Low Calories

GAI YANG (GRILLED THAI CHICKEN)
Protein Heavy. Carb Light. Moderate Calories

SATAY GAI (BRAISED CHICKEN ON SKEWERS WITH PEANUT SAUCE)
Protein Heavy. Carb Light. Moderate Calories

PAD PAK BUNG FAI DAENG (STIR-FRIED MORNING GLORY)
Protein Light. Carb Light. Low Calories

PLA NUENG MANAO (POACHED LIME FISH)
Protein Heavy . Carb Light. Moderate Calories
1. Avoid the spring rolls and other deep-fried appetizers. As delicious as they are, you'll have plenty of other things to spend your calorie allowance on.

2. Pass on any sweet chili sauce that comes separately to the table as a dish accompaniment. They're less chili and more sweet. And quite unnecessary.

3. Choose a broth-based soup like a Tom Yum instead of a creamy, coconut-based one like Tom Kha.

4. Order a "jungle" curry instead of a red, green or yellow curry. Made with no oil, the piquant broth sauce of a jungle curry is absolutely delicious without all the extra calories.

5. No fried rice. Take a small bowl of brown rice instead, without the intention of eating all of it.

6. Beware of sweetened condensed milk. Don’t order the popular Thai desserts like mango with sticky rice.

7. If you're not comfortable with MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), let your server know at the time of ordering.
Don't blindly trust any signage that says an Asian restaurant doesn't use MSG. Make sure the chef understands you have an “allergy”, so he/she is not tempted to make your food tastier with the stuff.
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