The Vietnamese Cuisine has long since been regarded as one of the very healthiest in the world. This is primarily due to its reliance and focus on fresh vegetables, balanced portion sizes, fresh and refined use of spices and the lack of processing that most of their dishes go through. The Vietnamese like their food with minimal oil, hardly any dairy and as fresh as possible... and in a world where health food is cherished; Vietnamese cuisine is bang on trend.
That's right – people everywhere are turning to a Vietnamese diet in an effort to lose weight, gain well-being and aid in the illusive pursuit of a balanced diet. As far as dietary plans go it isn't actually a bad idea to do so... let's take a closer look at exactly why that is.
The Secrets of Vietnamese Cuisine
So, what is it that the Vietnamese do that makes their food so healthy? Why is it different from any other food type? Well, for starters, the Vietnamese have a very spiritual connection to the food that they eat. Each meal must contain five differentiating flavors, all of which correspond to the balancing of different parts of the body.
The 'Five Elements' of the food goes as follows:
- One of the flavors must be sour, to benefit the smooth functioning of the Gall Bladder. This corresponds to the Wood element.
- A bitter flavor is used to promote health of the small intestine and represents the Fire element.
- A sweet flavor will complement the stomach and encompasses the Earth element.
- Spicy flavors will benefit the large intestine and corresponds to the Metal element.
- The Water element is represented by salty flavors and helps keep the urinary system healthy.
Each of these five elements must be incorporated into each dish providing a variation of flavor that makes Vietnamese Cuisine so special.
Don't forget the Yin and Yang!
- Chicken or pork is thought of as 'hot' meat and is traditionally eaten in the winter.
- Duck and fish are thought of as cold and associated with summer meals.
- Spice is hot, yet sour is cold and so on and son on. There are many different dietary quirks that make sure Vietnamese dishes are always interesting, as well as healthy!
You can learn more about the spiritual connection the Vietnamese have to food by reading this article,courtesy of Freedom Asia.
Why is it such a healthy diet?
Vietnamese Cuisine ensures you have fresh vegetables, herbs and spices daily. It ensures you are eating plenty of broth, which helps your body re-hydrate. It is exciting to the palate, making you enthusiastic about your next meal. It incorporates a particularly well thought out level of balance, with every meal seeing you take a mixture of flavors that you otherwise wouldn't necessarily associate with one another – and they have excellent portion control. What more could you ask for from a rounded and healthy diet.
Clean, fresh, authentic ingredients...
The Vietnamese believe in keeping their dishes as simple and flavorsome as possible, using ingredients that have had very little processing. Vegetables tend to be fresh from the field, herbs picked by hand and spices sourced responsibly. They are a nation whose farmers have learned to work with the land and not against it, thus providing some of the best quality basic produce in the world.
...And simple Carbohydrates...
Such as clean rice and simple noodles that have had very little human interference. Much of these clean carbs are low in sodium, are mostly gluten free and are 100% Vegan – just like our favorite Naughty Noah's range of Instant Pho Soups.
...Combined with fermented foods...
The daily diet of your average resident consists of daily portions of fermented fish sauces, fermented Kimchi, Kimbuchka and vegetables. The fermentation process not only makes the food last longer, it also promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria and adds even more variety to the full range of Vietnamese Cuisine.
...Make for some very healthy on the go snacks!
So next time you reach for the fast food or instant meals – consider turning to Vietnamese food as a healthy source of snacking. Vietnamese Instant Pho Noodle Soup, for example, is one of the very best-known dishes. Pho itself was top of the list in CNN's top 40 Vietnamese meals to try; but Pho Soup makes an excellent on the go snack. Best of all? If you want to be super-healthy you can also buy a Vegan Instant Pho, proving that once again Vietnamese Cuisine offers huge choice for everyone!
Can you try this delicious cuisine without traveling all the way to Vietnam?
Fortunately, various companies have begun to tap into the wonders of Vietnamese Cuisine and are carving out pathways for themselves. This means that some of their dishes are already available in instant form on our shelves. One of the best brands that money can buy is Naughty Noah's, our very own brand that have been making waves in the instant Pho soup department for some time now.
With a great selection of non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Low Sodium and 100% Vegan instant Pho Noodle Soup meals that will make an excellent, tasty and healthy on-the-go snack – our Naughty Noah's Pho is thebrand to buy. We offer Chicka What, Victory Veg and Original Beast flavors and every single pot is guaranteed to set your taste-buds to tingling with its well balanced, elementally inspired burst of flavor!
To find out more about Naughty Noah's you can head over to our web page here, or you can catch up with us at Founder Made, November 17 & 18 at Spring Studios in NYC. Better yet; why not head on over to Instagram and give our team a much-deserved follow so you can keep up to date with all of the Pho news in your area!
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