Paleo Friendly Product – Mae Jum Thai Curry Pastes

I love curries. Yet, making my own takes time, and I don’t have a lot of it during the week. Thai curries are particularly delicious with their hot spice combined with cooling and soothing coconut cream.

There’s a problem though. I have never been able to find a Thai Green Curry Paste at the supermarket which wasn’t full of things I don’t want in my body: sugar, rapeseed oil, cornflour, sunflower oil, potato starch, fish powder and yeast extract (a flavour enhancer similar to MSG).

I’ve explained my aversion to rapeseed oil elsewhere. I think it’s terrible for my body. But these pastes contain a lot of sugar, carbs and preservatives. What is a diabetic supposed to do?

Enter Amazon and a quick search for Thai curry pastes. The first product that came up was the Mae Jum Classic Bundle. I had never seen this product before, but the lovely packaging caught my eye.

Classic Bundle: Great Product

Things got better as a scrolled down the page. This was the company’s product claim:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • No artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives
  • Registered with the Vegan Society
  • Fresh herbs and spices – Gluten Free
  • Traditional family recipe – Authentic flavour

The ingredients support the claim above. This is what’s in the Thai Green Curry:

  • Green Chilli
  • Lemongrass
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Rock Salt
  • Galangal
  • White Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander Root
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Kaffir Lime Rind
  • Cumin Seeds

Total carbs from one serving of the paste? Something like 3g maximum.

How does it Taste?

This sauce has an amazing flavour. I whipped up a great dinner last night using the Thai Green Curry Paste and a recipe I found using chicken breast, fresh veg and coconut cream. It had a really lovely heat as well. That tends to be another problem with the bog standard supermarket versions: no fire.Not so with Mae Jum!

Blood Glucose?

I was a little worried this morning given some of the blood spikes I’ve had in the past with curry sauces. Not so today. My glucose was a good 7.8 mmol/L.

Conclusion

If you like Thai curries and can get your hands on this wonderful product, I recommend getting it now. I’ll be trying the red and yellow pastes in coming weeks and will write a brief review for each.

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