The 6 Tastes in your Ayurvedic Diet
There are six Tastes or Rasas in AYURVEDA: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter & Astringent.
Ayurveda has a unique approach to break down tastes scientifically, each having its own therapeutic effects and changing impacts on your Body; from the first taste to entering the body to being absorbed.
These Tastes originate from the five elements and transmit their properties. For a balanced diet Ayurveda recommends getting All of these flavors with every meal and adjust the amounts of each to your personal constitution.
Flavor to Keep your DOSHA in Balance –
VATA: PITTA: KAPHA:
– Sweet – Sweet – Bitter
– Sour – Astringent – Pungent
– Salty – Bitter – Astringent
– Warm food – Cool foods (not cold) – Warm, light foods
The tastes that are best for YOU are pungent, bitter, & astringent. Foods with these tastes can keep you balanced, uplifted & confident.
Pungent foods like onion, ginger, garlic, black pepper & mustard, stimulate the appetite, improve digestion & can help maintain a Healthy Body Weight.
Bitter foods, like rhubarb, melon, romaine lettuce, spinach & chard, turmeric root & fenugreek are considered to have properties which can promote Good Digestion & reduce Toxins.
Astringent foods, like cranberries, pomegranate, okra, parsley, saffron & basil are can remove excess water in the body, reduce swelling & promote general Healing of the Body
The tastes that are best for you are sweet, bitter & astringent. Foods with these tastes can keep you balanced, cool & calm.
Sweet foods like peaches, sweet plums, grapes, melons, sweet potatoes, carrots & beets; milk & ghee; rice & wheat bread, basil & licorice root, are all cooling.
Bitter foods, like rhubarb, melon, romaine & radicchio lettuce, kale, chard, turmeric root & fenugreek, are considered to have properties which can reduce burning sensations in the body, cleanse the blood & Reduce Toxins.
Astringent foods, like cranberries, pomegranate, okra, parsley, saffron & basil can reduce fever, stop diarrhea & are considered to have anti inflammatory properties
The tastes that are best for you are sweet, sour & salty. Foods with these tastes can keep you balanced, grounded.
Sweet foods like peaches, sweet plums, grapes, melons, sweet potatoes, carrots & beets; milk, ghee, rice & wheat bread; basil & licorice root are cooling, but they contain water & earth qualities, so they can ground & moisturize dry, airy Vata.
Sour foods, like yogurt, sour cream, green grapes, lemon, hibiscus, rose hips, caraway, coriander & cloves are heating, but they also contain the earth element, which also helps ground Vata.
Salty foods, for example, sea salt, rock salt, & sea vegetables, are heating & must be used in moderation for All Body Types.
P.S. to your Continued Health & Happiness