5 Super Foods: Asia Friendly Version

As a personal trainer in Asia it’s often difficult to find the variety of foods that we are used to in the West. Typically I am asked the question, “where can I get that here in Bangkok”, or “why don’t you recommend some foods that are more, well…Asian”. Well I guess I do live in Asia so a couple of things to consider are, 1) what types of foods are readily available in Asia and 2) What types of foods does the Asian diet consist of?

Let’s face it, all taste buds are different. In some parts of the world, sweet foods and fruits are everywhere. In other countries those things are not as readily available and must be imported only during certain times of year. Even throughout Asia the tastes are different and what tastes good in one country is not so tasty in another.

I’ve lived in Northern Asia; Korea to be exact. Many fruits had to be imported and the variety was hard to come by. Mangos, passion fruits, etc were nowhere to be found. Here in Bangkok those fruits are abundant and can be found year round.  In Korea the food is spicy; however it’s not nearly as spicy as the chili of Thailand. There are similarities yet there are differences, but that’s what makes us all unique

So here I have compiled a list of 5 Super Healthy Foods that can be found right here in Asia along with their contents.

  1. Bok Choy – Contains calcium, vitamins A and C, iron, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium. Calcium of course is good for strong bones beta-carotene is believed to help reduce risk of some cancers.
  2. Chili Peppers – contain capsaicin, which helps reduce inflammation. They also, increase metabolism, are a natural blood thinner and can fight infection in the body. Spice up your Thai food a little more.
  3. Spinach – contains vitamin K which helps to increase bone mineral density.  Spinach also contains various other vitamins and minerals including calcium.
  4. Ginger – often used as an herbal remedy, ginger has immunity boosting power. Gingerol which is one substance found inside this stem is said to help fight colon cancer.
  5. Pomegranate –  polyphenols called ellagitannins that give color to this fruit is believed to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Add these Super Foods to your nutritional intake and your body will reward you for it. You’ll look and feel better so what are you waiting for?


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

2 Responses to 5 Super Foods: Asia Friendly Version

  1. namrin says:

    Thanks for the article 🙂

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