Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic Food

Nature of Sattvic Food

  • Sattvic foods are light and easy to digest

  • They bring clarity and perception

  • Sattvic food has the potential to unfolds love and compassion in the individual

  • Sattvic food promotes the qualities of forgiveness and austerity

  • It gives a feeling of contentment

    Examples of sattvic (high prana) foods

    Fruitmango, pomegranate, coconut, figs, peaches, pears
    Grainsrice, tapioca, blue corn
    Vegetablessweet potato, lettuce, parsley, sprouts, yellow sqaush
    Beansmung, yellow lentils, kidney, lima
    Dairyorganic milk, fresh homemade yoghurt
    MeatNone
  • Nature of Rajasic Food

  • Rajasic foods are hot, spicy and salty

  • They are irritants and stimulants

  • All morish or tempting foods come under the category of rajasic

  • Heavily spiced foods e.g. hot pickles and chutneys which can stimulate the senses

  • Rajasic foods make the mind more agitated and susceptible to temptation

  • The mind can become more rajasic, which means it tends towards anger, hate and manipulation

    Examples of rajasic (stimulating) foods

    Fruitsour apples, apples, banana, guava
    Grainsmillet, corn, buckwheat
    Vegetablespotato, nightshades, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, tamarind, pickles, winter squash
    Beansred lentils, toor dal, adzuki
    Dairyold sour milk, sour cream
    Meatfish, shrimp, chicken
  • Nature of Tamasic Food

  • Tamasic food is heavy, dull and depressing

  • It induces sleep

  • Under this category comes dark meat, lamb, pork, beef, as well as thick cheese

  • Old and stale food is also tamasic

  • Only when too much of it is eaten, it causes the dulling effect.

  • In moderation, tamasic food is considered as grounding and promotes stabilit

    Examples of tamasic (heavy) foods

    Fruitavocado, watermelon, plums, apricots
    Grainswheat, brown rice,
    Vegetablesmushrooms, garlic, onion, pumpkin
    Beansurad dal, black, pinto, pink
    Dairycheese
    Meatbeef, lamb, pork