Sweeteners

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Barley Malt Sweet Cooling Sweet Unctuous, Liquid Date Sugar Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy, Energizer Oily Fructose Sweet Cooling Sweet Unctuous,Liquid Honey Sweet Heating Sweet Heating, Scrapes Fat Jaggary Sweet Heating Sweet Strengthening heavy Maple syrup Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, strengthener Molasses Sweet heating Sweet Heavy, Promotes Bleeding Rice Syrup Sweet ...

Spices

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Ajwan Pungent Heating Pungent Sharp, Light, Digestive Allspice Pungent Heating Pungent Agni, Liquifies Kapha Anise Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Detoxifying Basil Astringent Bitter, Sweet Heating Pungent Bay Leaf Pungent, Bitter Heating Pungent vpk Caraway Sour, pungent Heating Sweet Stimulates Agni Cardamom Sweet Cooling Pungent Light, Oily, Degestive Cayenne Pungent Heating ...

Seeds

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Popcorn Astringent, Sweet Cooling Pungent Dry, Light, Rough Psyllium Astringent Cooling Pungent Dry, Light, Rough Pumpkin Sweet heating Pungent Oily. Heavy, Hard Safflower Sweet, Astringent Cooling Sweet Oily, Light, Soft Sesame Sweet, Bitter, Astringent Heating Pungent Oily, Heavy, Smooth Sunflower Sweet, Astringent Cooling Sweet Oily,Light, Soft Food Chart Main Page

Oils

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Almond Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy Avocado Sweet Cooling Sweet Unctuous, sweet Castor Oil Sweet, Bitter Heating Sweet Heavy, Cools External, Heats Internal Cocunut Sweet Cooling Sweet Unctuous, Heavy Corn Sweet, Astringent Heating Pungent Dry, Rough, Heating Canola Astringent Cooling Pungent Dry, Rough, light Ghee Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy, Kinds, Agni ...

Nuts

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Almond (w/skin) Sweet heating Sweet Oily, Heavy, Energizer Almond (soaked peeled) Sweet Cooling Sweet Same as above Brazil Astringent, Sweet Heating sweet Unctuous Casheew Sweet Heating sweet Oily, Heavy, Energizer Charole Sweet Hearing Sweet Delicate, Gentle Coconut Sweet Cooling Sweet Helps mucous secretion Hazelnut Astringent, sweet Heating Sweet Energizes Macadamia ...

Legumes

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Aduki Astringent Cooling Pungent Hard, Heavy Garbanzo (Chick peas) Sweet Cooling Pungent Dry, Rough, Heavy Kidney Beans Astringent Heating Pungent Hard, Rough, Heavy Lentil, Brown Astringent Heating Pungent Rough, Heavy Lentil, Red Sweet, Astringent Cooling Sweet Light, Soft Miso Astringent, sour Heating Pungent Fermented Mung Beans Sweet, Astringent Cooling Sweets ...

Grains

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Amaranth Sweet, Astringent Cooling Pungent Light Barley Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Diuretic Buckwheat Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy Corn Sweet Heating Sweet Dry, Light Durham flour Sweet, Astringent Cooling Sweet Light Millet Sweet Heating Sweet Dry, Light Oat Bran Astringent, Sweet Cooling Sweet Rough, Dry, Light Oats, dry Sweet Heating Sweet ...

Fruits

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Apple Astringent Cooling Sweet Rough, Light Avocado Astringent Cooling Sweet Oily, Heavy, Soft Apricots Sweet Heating Sweet Liquid, Heavy, Sour Berries, Sour Heating Pungent Sharp, Light Berries, Sweet Cooling Sweet Unctuous, Liquid Banana, Astringent Heating Pungent Soft, Light Banana, ripe Sweet Heating Sour Smooth, Heavy Cantaloupe Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, ...

Dairy

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Butter sour Cooling Pungent Light, Binds the stool Buttermilk Sweet, Sour Cooling Sweet heavy, Unctuous Cheese, Hard Sour Heating Sour Heavy, Oily, Congestive Cheese, Soft Sour Heating Sour Heavy, Unctuous Cottage Cheese Sour, Salty Heating Pungent Lighter, Less, Heating Cow’s Milk Sweet Cooling Sweet Laxative, Heavy, Mucus Ghee Sweet Cooling ...

Animal Food

FOOD RASA VIRAYA VIPAK ACTION ON DOSHA ACTION ON VPK Beef Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Thick Buffalo Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy, Dull Chicken, Light Astringent, Sweet Heating Sweet Light Unctuous Chicken, Dark Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Heating Duck Sweet, Pungent Heating Sweet Heating, Heavy Eggs Sweet Heating Sweet Unctuous, Heavy Eggs, Yolk Sweet Heating Sweet Cholesterol   Food Chart Main ...

The Taste Process

The first subjective experience of a substance on the tongue is taste (rasa). A short time later, one feels heating or cooling energy (virya). Finally the substances have an action on urine, faeces and sweat (vipak). For instance, for hot chilli peppers, one immediately experiences its pungent taste and heating energy; observing a burning sensation in the faces and urine ...

Role of Taste

It is as important to realise that every food’s unique combination of attributes will influence its taste and the action it causes in the body. With every taste having a different action – as detailed below. Astanga Hrdayam clearly describes the characteristics of each of the six tastes and problems that might be experienced from its habitual over-consumption. Most foods being a ...

Choice of Food

In planning the diet it is necessary to know which food to have or avoid based on ones personal doshic constitution or imbalance. For easy reference therefore some of the acceptable and avoidable items for each doshic type has been listed below : Fruits Vata Pitta Kapha No Yes No Yes No Yes apples dates figs (dry) pomegranate raisin pears Avocades grapes lemons bananas sweet ...

Healthy Diet

Since diet, along with daily habits, is crucial to the health of an individual, it must be made clear at the outset that there is no standard ideal diet for all people in general. The various factors that need to be kept in mind while working out the ideal diet for each person, which will be distinctly different based on ...

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Vata Pacifying Diet

Cooking for Vata is so much easier when you are aware of the basic principles that govern this dosha. The Vata diet should consist of food that is warm, moist, smooth and taken at regular intervals. The following are the specific food qualities of Vata dosha meals. Qualities Vata is cool, dry, rough and light, so your dietary choices should ...

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Pitta Pacifying Diet

The sharp, hot nature of Pitta dosha needs to be soothed with foods that are cooling. Bring the oily nature of Pitta into balance with the help of dry foods in your daily diet. Include some “heavy” foods that will provide substance and steady sustenance to your fast-burning constitution. Here are some specific dietary recommendations for Pitta dosha meals that ...

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Kapha Pacifying Diet

Kapha’s oily nature can be brought into balance by including dry foods into your daily diet. Foods that are light and nourishing are the right choice for the heaviness of this dosha. Warming food that is well-spiced to calm the sweet, cold quality of Kapha will help regulate your moisture levels by sustaining heat. Here are some specific dietary tips ...

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Uneasy Food Combinations

Love your omelettes with lots of gooey cheese and delicious strips of bacon? But soon after, you need to pop a digestive because your stomach feels queasy. These days, the market is flooded with digestive aids and antacids. This points to the fact that digestive problems are more common than we think. Digestion problems are a subject of much debate ...