The Six Tastes
What is taste?
How many tastes are there?
How does taste influence your dosha?
The taste of the food has a direct effect on your doshic balance. Think of the principle “like increases like”. A sweet food, such as a delicious bread pudding, increases the Kapha dosha, which can lead to an imbalance in someone who already has a lot of Kapha in his or her body. On the other hand, someone with too little Kapha, i.e. Vata dosha, will find sweet foods to be balancing. The same applies for salty foods, which can aggravate Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha. Thus, the taste of foods can aggravate or pacify the doshic balance based on their content of the six tastes. This is one of the principles used by an Ayurvedic physician to make dietary recommendations for you.
The above article was provided to Wellspring Health by. Dr. Trupti Gokani
Examples of the Six Tastes:
- Most grains such as wheat, rice, barley, and corn
- Pulses (legumes), i.e. beans, lentils, and peas
- Milk and sweet milk products such as ghee, cream, and butter
- Sweet fruits (especially dried) such as dates, figs, grapes, pear coconut, and mango
- Cooked vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, cauliflower, and string beans
- Sugar in any form such as raw, refines, brown, white, molasses, and sugar can juice
- Sour fruits such as lemon, lime, sour orange, sour pineapple, passion fruit, sour cherries, plum, and tamarind
- Sour milk products such as yogurt, cheese, whey, and sour cream
- Fermented substances (other than cultured milk products) such as wine, vinegar, soy sauce, or sour cabbage
- Carbonated beverages (including soft drinks or beer)
- Any kind of salt such as rock salt, sea salt, and salt from the ground
- Any food to which salt has been added
- Spices such as chili, black pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, cumin, cloves, cardamom, and garlic
- Mild spices such as turmeric, anise, cinnamon, and fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, and mint
- Raw vegetables such as radish, onion, and cauliflower
- Vegetables such as chicory and bitter gourd; other green leafy vegetables such as spinach, green cabbage, and brussels sprouts
- Fruits such as olives, grapefruit, and cocoa
- Spices such as fenugreek and turmeric
- Turmeric, honey, walnuts, and hazelnuts
- Pulses such as beans, lentils, peas (dahl)
- Vegetables such as sprouts, lettuce, and other green leafy vegetables; most raw vegetables; rhubarb
- Fruits such as pomegranate, berries, persimmon, cashew fruit, rose apple, and most unripe fruits