Ayurveda: In Your Food Combine All Flavors
Each food has its own flavor profile.
Simple foods such as white sugar have only one taste, but most other foods have at least two: the lemon is sour, sweet and bitter; Carrots are sweet, bitter and astringent; cheese is sweet and tart. Milk is considered to be a complete food because it is, apart from the obvious sweetness, subtle present all six tastes.
This is why Ayurveda recommends drinking milk only, and not in combination with a meal.
But the combination of milk with other fresh food – fruits, grains and sugar – it is still good.
The main food groups revolve around sweet taste, but with five other flavors carefully mixed:
- Fruit – primarily sweet and sour, while citrus fruits have a sour taste
- Vegetables – primarily sweet and sour, and green leafy vegetables and has a bitter taste
- Dairy products – primarily are sweet, while yogurt and cheese contain acidic and sour taste
- Oils – are primarily cute
- Grains and nuts – are primarily sweet
- Pulses – primarily sweet and bitter
- Herbs – primarily spicy, with all the other flavors that are secondary
It is recommended ayurvedic diet except that sweet taste in every meal you have represented and the other five flavors – sour, bitter, pungent, bitter and salty.