Thai cuisine varies widely throughout Thailand, but nearly all regions have curry dishes. When you go to a Thai restaurant, you are almost certain to encounter red, green or yellow curries with possible ingredients such as noodles, high-protein foods, vegetables, spices, peanuts and coconut sauce. The nutrient content of yellow Thai curry depends on the recipe and the serving size you eat.
A cup of yellow Thai curry made with chicken has 391 calories and 22 g of total fat. The curry has 32 g of total carbohydrates, including 3 g of sugar and 3 g of dietary fiber. Vegetables are rich in dietary fiber, and curry with more vegetables has more fiber. Yellow Thai chicken curry has 18 g of protein per cup. Yellow Thai curry made with other sources of protein, such as fish, shellfish, tofu or beef, is also likely to be high in protein.
A cup of yellow Thai curry has 17 g of saturated fat. Saturated fat raises levels of unhealthy low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in your blood, and healthy adults should not get more than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, or 22 g per day on a 2,000-calorie diet, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Coconut and coconut milk are major sources of saturated fat in Thai food.
A cup of yellow Thai curry has 1,723 mg of sodium. A high-sodium diet can cause high blood pressure or prevent you from lowering blood pressure if it is already high. Healthy adults should get no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, and individuals with hypertension should have no more than 1,500 mg, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from HHS. Sources of sodium in curry may include salt and salty seasonings.
A cup of yellow Thai chicken curry provides 919 mg of potassium, which is an essential mineral for regulating your blood pressure, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines from HHS. Healthy adults should get at least 4,700 mg of potassium per day. Yellow curry with plenty of vegetables is likely to be high in vitamin A and vitamin C. Dietary cholesterol raises your cholesterol levels, and chicken curry has 33 mg of cholesterol, or 10 percent of the daily value. Only animal-derived foods contain cholesterol, and vegetarian yellow Thai curry is cholesterol-free.