Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Ayurveda: the six tastes

by skating tomato (follow)
www.skatingtomato.com
Nutrition (268)      Therapeutic Foods (53)     
Rasa - the Sanskrit word for taste - has a number of insightful meanings, including experience, enthusiasm and essence.

Ayurveda views rasa, or taste, as a deeply therapeutic tool applicable to both food and life in general. Ayurveda recognises six tastes made of the five elements (as with the doshas), and each plays a vital role in our well-being and essence.

It is recommended every meal contains each of the six tastes to promote balance and holistic nourishment.

Sweet
made of earth and water
increases kapha, decreases vata and pitta
heavy, oily and moist
located on the tip of the tongue
includes: wheat, rice, dairy, maple syrup, dates, basil, cashews and pumpkins

courtesy of Flickr


Salty
made of water and fire
increases pitta and kapha, decreases vata
grounding and hydrating
located on the rear edges of the tongue
includes: sea vegetables, sea salt, tamari, celery, black olives and Himalayan salt

courtesy of Flickr


Sour
made of earth and fire
increases pitta and kapha, decreases vata
light, heating and oily
located on the front edges of the tongue
includes: lemon, vinegar, wine, cheese, tomatoes, fermented and pickled foods

courtesy of Flickr


Pungent
made of fire and air
increases pitta and vata, decreases kapha
hot and stimulating
located on the centre of the tongue
includes: hot peppers, ginger, garlic, onion, mustard and hot spices

courtesy of Flickr


Bitter
made of air and ether
increases vata, decreases pitta and kapha
cool and light
located on the middle edges of the tongue
includes: green and black teas, coffee, dandelion, raw green vegetables and turmeric

courtesy of Flickr


Astringent
made of air and earth
increases vata, decreases pitta and kapha
cool, dry and firm
located on the back of the tongue
includes: green grapes, cranberries, pomegranate, chickpeas, parsley, green beans and okra

courtesy of Flickr


Related
How Turmeric Could Save Your Life
8 fermented foods to improve digestive health
Ayurveda: Optimal digestion

#Nutrition
#Therapeutic Foods
I like this Article - 8
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by skating tomato
Revered for the last two thousand years across India as an **'elixir' of life, health and well-being...
6 likes
**Sweet potatoes** are one of those foods I genuinely don't think I could live without
11 likes
A **nutritionally dense** but **low-calorie** fruit, pumpkin is a smart addition to any diet
6 likes
A healthy diet requires a balance of all food groups and types, and **fibre** is an important, but s...
7 likes
Considered to be one of the **delicacies** of the vegetable kingdom, **asparagus** is a **nutrient r...
3 likes
We're often told to avoid **white foods** - white rice, white bread, white pasta and white sugar, fo...
8 likes
view all articles by skating tomato
Articles by skating tomato on Other Hubs
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 46147
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Can’t sleep? You are not alone
5 likes
Cinnamon doesn't immediately come to mind as the cure for bad breath, but you'd be surprised what th...
16 likes
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
5 likes
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
5 likes
Did you know if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be? Exfoliating ...
6 likes
At times we are faced by challenges that rock the core of who we are, our values and what we represe...
5 likes
Did you know that 90% of the most common form of cervical cancer can be prevented through regular ce...
5 likes
Probiotics are the “good” microorganisms beneficial to our body that can be consumed through ferment...
5 likes
Measuring your waist is a quick, simple and powerful tool that you can do at home to help understand...
5 likes
Categories
Nutrition (268)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (100)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version