Food Guidelines

by Usha and Vasant Lad, MASc

NOTE: Guidelines provided in this table are general. Specific adjustments for individual requirements may need to be made, e.g., food allergies, strength of agni, seas on of the year and degree of dosha predominance or aggravation.

Fruits

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Avoid

Favor

Avoid

Favor

Avoid

Favor

Generally most dried fruit
Generally most sweet fruit
Generally most sour fruit
Generally most sweet fruit
Generally most astringent fruit
Generally most astringent fruit
Apples (raw)
Apples (cooked)
Apples (sour)
Apples (sweet)
Avocado
Avocado
Cranberries
Applesauce
Apricots (sour)
Applesauce
Bananas
Applesauce
Dates (dry)
Apricots
Bananas
Apricots (sweet)
Coconut
Apricots
Figs (dry)
Avocado
Berries (sour)
Avocado
Dates
Berries
Pears
Bananas
Cherries (sour)
Berries (sweet)
Figs (fresh)
Cherries
Persimmons
Berries
Cranberries
Cherries (sweet)
Grapefruit
Cranberries
Pomegranates
Cherries
Grapefruit
Coconut
Kiwi
Figs (dry)*
Raisins (dry)
Coconut
Grapes (green)
Dates
Mangos**
Grapes*
Prunes (dry)
Dates (fresh)
Kiwi**
Figs
Melons
Melons
Watermelon
Figs (fresh)
Lemons
Grapes (red & purple)
Oranges
Oranges
Grapefruit
Mangoes (green)
Limes*
Papaya
Papaya
GrapefruitGrapes
Oranges (sour)
Mangoes (ripe)
Pineapple
Pineapple
Kiwi
Peaches
Melons
Plums
Plums
Lemons
Persimmons
Oranges (sweet)*
Rhubarb
Rhubarb
Limes
Pineapple (sour)
Pineapple (sour)Papaya*
Tamarind
Tamarind
Mangoes
Plums (sour)
Pears
Watermelon
Watermelon
Melons
Rhubarb
Pineapple (sweet)*
Oranges
Tamarind
Plums (sweet)
Papaya
Pomegranates
Peaches
Prunes
Pineapple
Raisins
Plums
Strawberries*
Prunes (soaked)
Watermelon
Raisins (soaked)
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tamarind