One of the most distinctive aspects of the cuisine is its use of herbs and spices. With regard to the spices, some Thai dishes are very hot, but by no means all of them. The herb have another function, in addition to providing flavour, in that day all have varying degree of various medical and therapeutic benefits. Thailand has a long history, going back to ancient times of the use of herbs for medical purposes, and this in turn has permeated the way of cooking and preparing food. Coupled with its low-fat qualities and its essential freshness, this helps make our food one of the healthiest anywhere.