Sunday, 26 October 2014

Jeevani - Virudhdha Ahara

From 'Jeevani - Ayurveda for Women' by Dr. P.L.T. Girija

Incompatible Foods (Viruddha Ahara)

Incompatible foods should be considered equal to poison. One of the outstanding contributions of Ayurvedic dietetics is the concept of incompatibility of foods or viruddha ahara. The word viruddha means contradictory or incompatible. Ahara means food.
Some food combinations are incompatible and hence they ought not to be consumed together. For example, milk should not be combined with any substance which has a sour taste. Nowadays, milk-shakes (milk with fruits) have become very popular and as most fruits are sour, milk-shakes are classic examples of incompatible foods. Some add milk to curd to make the curd less sour. Both these are incompatible combinations which can lead to many diseases.

Curd or butter-milk with plantain is another incompatible combination.

Heating curd, honey or alcohol makes them unfit for consumption. Another example of an incompatible combination is milk and fish. This fact is known to all traditional fish-eating communities in India.

Many of the major diseases are caused by regular intake of incompatible foods. When consumed, incompatible foods cause the increase and vitiation of doshas which do not get eliminated, thus leading to disease.

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