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Ayurveda: The Incompatible Foods

Ayurveda: The Incompatible Foods

All kinds of foods, solids, semi-solids or liquids, are referred as Aahar and the whole process of digestion as Aahar Pachan in Ayurveda. According to the ayurvedic system, all food items possess their own Rasa (taste), Guna (characteristics), Virya (potency), and Vipaka (post digestion effect) and also Prabhava (impact). We should be very careful with the food we intake.

For proper digestion or Aahar pachan, it is necessary that the right food is consumed at the right time and there should be no intake of incompatible food. When two or more food items having different taste and energy are taken together, the digestive system can become overloaded, resulting in the production of toxins.

Incompatible foods can produce indigestion, putrefaction, fermentation, and gas formation and, if prolonged, can lead to toxemia, and diseases.

Hereunder is the The Incompatible Foods chart

Do not Eat With
Beans Fruits, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Milk, Meat, Curd
Eggs Fruits especially melons, Beans, cheese, fish, milk, meat, curd.
Fruits As a rule shouldn’t be taken along milk, Curd
Grains Fruit, tapioca
Honey With equal amount of Ghee by weight, boiled or cooked honey
Hot drinks Mangoes, cheese, fish, meat, starch, curd
Lemon Cucumber, milk, tomato, curd
Melon Everything especially dairy products, eggs, fried food, grains, starch. Melons more than other fruits should be eaten alone or left alone.
Milk Bananas, cherries, melons, sour fruits, bread containing yeast, fish, meat, curd
Nightshades e.g. potato, tomato Melon, cucumber, dairy products
Radishes Bananas, raisins, milk
Tapioca Fruit specially banana and mango; beans, raisins, jaggery
Curd Fruit cheese, hot drinks,eggs, fish,meat, milk,  nightshades. Curd should never be cooked and taken in night, summer, rains and spring season. Curd should always be taken with sugar, soup of green beans, ghee or the Amalaki powder.

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