In our ongoing series of Fad diets finally we are telling you about the Ayurvedic Diet.

Ayurvedic Diet

In Ayurveda, a balanced diet does not revolve around fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Moreover it does not accept the terms calories, vitamins and minerals. According to Ayurveda (ancient Indian medical system) there are different body constitutions (like genetic code), which were named Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These names were based on an analogy with the elements of nature (such as water, fire, air etc.). Ayurvedic principles suggest that various foods had the power to increase/decrease these elements in the body. This basic principle of Ayurvedic diet can be further explained through following examples:

  • People with Vata constitution should take:
    • warm food (of moderately heavy textures),
    • added oil/butter, salt,
    • sour and sweet tastes

as it is a cold, dry dosha and the warm, nourishing foods soothes this dosha.

  • People with Pitta constitution should take:
    • cold or warm (not steaming hot) food
    • less butter and added fat,
    • bitter, astringent and sweet tastes

as being a hot dosha cool foods are a good idea to pacify this dosha.

  • People with Kapha constitution should take:
    • warm, light food,
    • minimum of butter, oil, sugar,
    • pungent bitter and astringent tastes

As this dosha can become imbalanced as a result of eating too much sugar and rich foods.

Ayurveda provides an exhaustive list of food items to be taken or avoided according to the body constitution. Afterwards, depending on the prakriti (nature) of human body a suitable diet plan can be made.

Pros:

  • Provides more individualistic diet plan as it treats every person as a different body constitution and plans accordingly.
  • Besides good nutrition it also helps in detoxification of the body.

Cons:

Lack of adequate research on this concept. .