Aspects Of Nutrition In Ayurveda

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In our previous posts, we spoke about the various aspects of Ayurvedic nutrition, the six different tastes as per Ayurveda and their effect on our doshas and the body. We got a basic understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the food that we eat, or our ‘Aahara’. Now, Ayurveda says, there are some general eating habits that are conducive to better digestion and better assimilation of the food that we eat. Those habits are described here:


Maintaining a proper time.

If it is described as ‘Good eating habits’, then the first one has to be maintaining a proper time for eating. It is recommended in Ayurveda to have three
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Ayurveda explains that the digestive process takes place in a certain order. The first food article that gets digested is that which has a sweet taste. So, the sweet phase of digestion is the first phase, followed by sour phase, and then the pungent phase. Since sweet items take a longer time to digest, Ayurveda explains that we should consume the sweet foods first, and then go for the other tastes. There are many cultures around the world where sweets are eaten first and then the food is taken. This is very much in line with what Ayurveda recommends.

Try and include all six tastes.

Next, Ayurveda says that we should try and include all the six tastes: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent. All these six tastes must be included in various quantities in our diet. Of course, the major part of the diet will comprise of the sweet taste, as it is the building taste necessary for building the body tissues. But the other tastes must also be present in smaller quantities to aid the other functions of digestion and metabolism.

Eat neither too slow nor too fast.

Next is the speed of eating. Ayurveda says one should not eat too slow or too fast. As we have been mentioning all this while, one should take the middle path. Eating too slow or too fast will affect the digestive

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