Health Stores on Koh Phangan

2 Sep 2021

A health store is a kind of grocery shop that specializes in selling natural and organic foods, as well as local produce and nutritional supplements. For their customers, such as athletes, people with special dietary needs, such as people allergic to gluten in wheat or other substances, or people with diabetes mellitus, and people who follow a vegetarian, vegan, raw food, organic, or another alternative diet, health food stores usually offer a wide and more specialized selection of foods than conventional grocery stores. 


Many of the products you might find in a health store here on Koh Phangan also supply ingredients that might be more difficult to get or not local to Thailand. Because the island is known for its vegan community, health food stores can be easily found. They are also an attractive option for the many people focusing on their health here through yoga or detoxing and of course, living a healthy lifestyle in general.

Popular Health Products

 

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is surprisingly vegan since it is (or was) technically alive, but all vegans believe that cultured yeasts are acceptable to eat. While these yellow flakes don't seem to be very appealing at first glance, one taste will have you hooked, propelling them to the top of many vegan food lists. Although this dormant yeast is made from sugarcane and beet sugars, it may still be used in your vegan (or any) kitchen for a variety of purposes.
Nutritional yeast mimics the flavour of cheese, but it is much more nutritious, including vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, thiamine, folate, and zinc.

 

Gram Flour

Chickpeas are ground into powdery flour that is used in a variety of Indian dishes such as pakoras, flatbread, and more. It contains a lot of fibre, iron, and protein.
For those who can't eat wheat flour, chickpea flour is a great gluten-free option. It's one of the most versatile vegan products you can have on hand, since it may be used as a vegan egg replacement or soup thickening.

 

Tempeh

Tempeh is a fermented soybean block with a nutty, earthy flavour that tastes a bit like bacon because of the fermenting process.
It's virtually non-existent in terms of preparation. Though you may steam and marinate your tempeh before cooking it, most grocery shops sell pre-marinated varieties. Before serving, slice and cook your tempeh to warm it up.
Tempeh also includes important fibre, vitamins, and a good dose of probiotics, making it one of the most powerful and nutritious vegan foods available.

Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan pink salt is a pink-hued type of salt found in South Asia's Himalaya mountains. Many people think that Himalayan salt is a healthier alternative to table salt or sodium chloride. Himalayan pink salt is officially a sea salt, despite the fact that it is mined like rock salt.
For thousands of years, salt has seasoned our meals as a vital ingredient needed for numerous biological processes. However, there are a few significant health risks associated with its usage.
Excessive salt consumption may lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease, therefore it should be consumed in moderation.
As a result, Himalayan pink salt has become a popular alternative to normal salt, ostensibly because it is less taxing to the body. Himalayan pink salt is said to provide a variety of health advantages.

 

Where on Koh Phangan?

 

Limpingpong

Thong Sala
They have products such as tempeh, organic salad, organic soy sauce and many spices like curry or European condiments. Gluten-free pasta and other pasta and noodles made from healthier ingredients, also craft bread. Here you can also find meat alternatives such as plant-based burgers and sausages as well as ingredients such as cacao nibs and all the nuts and seeds. They have a great selection, possibly the best on the island with good prices.

My Healthy Me

Thong Sala
Sells a variety of vegan and vegetarian foods such as coconut yoghurt, pestos, probiotic beverages such as kombucha, and sweets. Everything is sold in Eco-friendly glass jars which can be returned for a small discount.
If you look at their product list (which is huge) all items that are vegan are marked as well as other allergies. Most items are vegan and some are extremely useful and hard to find such as vegan butter. Everything is also made there by the staff.

Lekshop Organic

Sri Thanu
Unique shop selling natural goods for cooking and also body-care, with a cafe on-site for cakes and treats.

Pim Boutique

Thong Sala Panthip Market
Health Food and Supplement shop with a large selection of their own & branded products Juices & Smoothies as well as other ingredients and ready to eat goodies. Koh Phangan's the largest producer and supplier of homemade Vegan Coconut Yogurt.

Also worth a mention…

 

Pink Pineapple Self Care

Thong Sala
Pink Pineapple Self Care is a trendy-cool lifestyle brand that corresponds with the gorgeous island of Koh Phangan and promotes an all-natural beauty and care routine. You'll discover matching accessories, such as diffuser necklaces with a Lava bead where you can add your own essential oil choice according on your mood for the day, in addition to picking up some of mother nature's gifts for your skin. You'll also discover unique paintings and wall hangings for your house, as well as other carefully selected products that complement the Natural Pink Pineapple Lifestyle.
During the week, you may visit the shop on Thong Sala's walking street, where the Post Office is situated, and on Saturdays, when you go to the market.

Unpacked

Sri Thanu
A reduced packaging store offering a wide range of eco-friendly products to help reduce our impact on the planet. They make all of their cleaning products locally and without harmful chemicals.