THE CALO­RIE CUT

Pad thai is def on the menu, thanks to a few canny tweaks

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

THE SALTY TRUTH

Pad thai is usu­ally packed with salt from the soy sauce and salted peanuts, which isn’t ex­actly amaz­ing for a healthy bod. A new study* ex­am­ined salt’s role in hunger and thirst and found that it en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to eat more and drink less.

USE YOUR NOO­DLE

Rice noo­dles aren’t bad for you, but they only have 3g pro­tein per 100g – while soba strands con­tain 14g. Plus, the buck­wheat they’re made from is rich in man­ganese, which helps your body make col­la­gen and con­vert food into fuel. No con­test.

OR­ANGE THE­ORY

Pack­ing this dish with bright veg­gies doesn’t just make it more ap­petis­ing. Stud­ies have found eat­ing green or or­ange veg re­duced the body’s vis­ceral fat stores. This in­vis­i­ble fat nes­tles around your or­gans and clogs up in the liver. Crunch time.

COUR BLIMEY

Cour­gette skin is high in sol­u­ble fi­bre, which slows down di­ges­tion to help sta­bilise blood su­gar lev­els. The ben­e­fits? Well, ac­cord­ing to a 2016 study in Nu­tri­tion Jour­nal, it’s your se­cret weapon in the fight against un­wanted weight gain.

PALMED OFF

Co­conut palm su­gar has the same amount of calo­ries as the reg­u­lar stuff – and al­most the same amount of fruc­tose, which breaks down eas­ily, caus­ing blood su­gar surges linked to weight gain. Use honey for sweet­ness with a lower fruc­tose load.

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