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Do you know that the food has 6 tastes?

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Do you know that according to Ayurveda, the food has 6 tastes?

We are all familiar with the idea for healthy eating, that comes from the western Nutrition science. According to it we can divide the food by its content to:

  • Macro nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats)
  • Micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals)

You are familiar with many concepts for balanced, separate, rational eating, vegetarianism, veganism, dietic. The super foods, organic, bio or eco products are gaining more popularity. Thus, our science is seeking the truth about health through nutrition.

What is special about the Ayurvedic science of nutrition?

In its foundation, Ayurveda uses the concept for six tastes. According to Ayurveda they have influence over certain part of the vital energy, which reflects over the physical and mental health.

Which are the six tastes?

  • Svadu – Madhura – sweet
  • Amla – sour
  • Lavana – salty
  • Tikta – bitter
  • Ushna – Katu pungent
  • Kashaya – astringent

The energy that they give to the body is ranked in the same order. The sweet taste is with the highest values, and the astringent with the lowest.

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When we consume food, it has combination of this tastes. According to Ayurveda, the tastes should exist in certain quantities during the food preparation. Each taste creates special influence over the three energies Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

  • Sweet, sour and salty – reduce Vata and increase Kapha
  • Bitter, pungent and astringent – reduce Kapha and increase Vata
  • Astringent, bitter, and sweet – reduce Pitta
  • Sour, salty and pungent – increase Pitta

When you know this peculiarity about the taste of the food, you can decide what food to choose in case there is some imbalance. For Ayurvedic medicine the ingredients are not important, but the taste you feel in your mouth.

If you want to receive more details about the traditions in Ayurveda about nutrition and purification of the body, welcome in our clinic in Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax.

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