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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

* okay in moderation
** okay rarely

Vegetables

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Avoid

Favor

Avoid

Favor

Avoid

Favor

Generally frozen, raw or dried vegetables
In general, vegetables should be cooked
In general, pungent vegetables
In general, sweet & bitter vegetables
In general, sweet & juicy vegetables
In general, most pungent & bitter vegetables
Artichoke
Asparagus
Beet greens
Artichoke
Cucumber
Artichoke
Beet greens**
Beets
Beets (raw)
Beets (cooked)
Olives, black or green
Asparagus
Bitter melon
Cabbage* (cooked)
Burdock root
Bitter melon
Parsnips**
Beet greens
Broccoli
Carrots
Corn (fresh)**
Broccoli
Potatoes, sweet
Beets
Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower*
Daikon radish
Brussels sprouts
Pumpkin
Bitter melon
Burdock root
Cauliflower*
Eggplant**
Cabbage
Squash, summer
Broccoli
Pomegranates
Cilantro
Garlic
Carrots (cooked)
Taro root
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage (raw)
Cucumber
Green chilies
Carrots (raw)*
Tomatoes (raw)
Burdock root
Cauliflower (raw)
Fennel (Anise)
Horseradish
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Cabbage
Celery
Garlic
Kohlrabi **
Celery
Carrots
Corn (fresh)**
Green beans
Leeks (raw)
Cilantro
Cauliflower
Dandelion greens
Green chilies
Mustard greens
Cucumber
Celery
Eggplant
Jerusalem
Mustard greens
Dandelion greens
Cilantro
Horseradish**
artichoke*
Olives, green
Fennel (Anise)
Corn
Kale
Leafy greens*
Onions (raw)
Green beans
Daikon radish
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Peppers (hot)
Jerusalem artichoke
Dandelion greens
Mushrooms
Lettuce*
Prickly pear (fruit)
Kale
Fennel (Anise)
Olives, green
Mustard greens*
Radishes (raw)
Leafy greens
Green beans
Onions (raw)
Okra
Spinach (cooked)**
Leeks (cooked)
Green chilies
Peas (raw)
Olives, black
Spinach (raw)
Lettuce
Horseradish
Peppers, sweet & hot
Onions (cooked)* Parsley*
Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Jerusalem artichoke
Potatoes, white
Parsnip
Turnip greens
Okra
Kale
Prickly pear (fruit & leaves)
Peas (cooked)
Turnips
Olives, black Onions (cooked)
Kohlrabi
Prickly pear (fruit & leaves)
Potatoes, sweet
Parsley
Leafy greens
Squash, winter
Pumpkin
Peas
Leeks
Tomatoes (cooked)**
Radishes (cooked)*
Peppers, sweet
Lettuce
Tomatoes (raw) Turnips
Rutabaga
Potatoes, sweet & white
Okra
Wheat grass
Spaghetti squash*
Prickly pear (leaves)
Okra
sprouts
Spinach (cooked)*
Pumpkin
Onions
Spinach (raw)*
Radishes (cooked)
Parsley
Sprouts*
Rutabaga
Peas
Squash, summer
Spaghetti squash
Peppers, sweet & hot
Taro root
Sprouts (not spicy)
Potatoes, white
Turnip greens*
Squash, winter and summer
Prickly pear (fruit & leaves)
Watercress
Watercress*
Radishes
Zucchini
Wheat grass, sprouts
Rutabaga
Zucchini
Spaghetti squash*
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash, winter Tomatoes (cooked)
Turnip greens
Turnips
Watercress
Wheat grass
sprouts

* okay in moderation
** okay rarely