3 Unexpected Health Benefits of Glass Noodles

December 01, 2021
IN Thai Cuisine

If you love Thai food you’ve probably eaten or seen a dish with translucent noodles on the menu. These are cellophane noodles and are often referred to as bean thread or glass noodles.

They’re similar to rice noodles but made from mixing mung bean, yam, potato, or canna starch with water. 

Did you know that these types of noodles actually offer health benefits? That’s right, they’re more than just a tasty staple of the cuisine at Thai Ginger and just one staple of many that comprise healthy Thai food

In this article, we will explore 3 unexpected health benefits of this unique noodle used in many delicious Thai meals!

1. Sugar-free Benefits

Glass noodles are perfect for those on low-sugar diets. Reducing sugar in your diet can help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, chronic inflammation, and dental plaque.

The sugar-free noodle is recommended for those suffering from diabetes. Other conditions such as eczema can also be controlled by lowering sugar intake and lower flare-ups.

A popular menu item like Phad Woon Sen is ideal for cutting down on sugar but not flavor. The noodles are joined by egg, cabbage, celery, mushrooms, onion, corn, carrots, spinach, peppers, tomato, and garlic sauce.

2. Gluten-free Benefits

Cellophane noodles are perfect if you’re gluten-sensitive or on a gluten-free diet. Reducing gluten can increase energy, help digestion, and lower cholesterol as well as many other benefits.

Rice noodles are similarly gluten-free, but egg noodles are not. It’s important to remember that other ingredients that contain gluten may be used in dishes with glass noodles.

Yum Woon Sen Talay is a great choice if you’re looking for an overall gluten-sensitive glass noodle dish. It includes chicken, calamari, prawns, scallop, mussel, onion, tomato, cilantro, and roasted peanuts in a spicy lime sauce.

3. Fat-free Benefits

Glass noodles are fat-free and great for weight-loss diets. Reducing fats in your meal will combat obesity, cardiovascular disease, and several other metabolic disorders.

Cellophane noodles are also a great source of iron. Getting enough iron in your diet ensures that oxygen is transported through the body. When the cells in your body have adequate oxygen it will burn fat. 

Fat-free bean thread noodles are used in Tofu Soup, which is a delicious dish for those looking for healthy low-fat menu options. The noodles are accompanied by napa cabbage, spinach, celery, onion, and soft tofu in a clear broth.

Try Glass Noodles

Now that you know the health benefits of glass noodles we think you should give them a try the next time you’re in Seattle and dining at Thai Ginger! When you see them on the menu, you’ll know exactly what they are.

Our dishes featuring this noodle are as delicious as they are healthy. Glass noodles are also versatile and can be found in soup and salad dishes as well as noodle dishes. We’re sure you’ll find an option that you’ll love.

We have several locations so please stop by and dine with us soon!

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