According to Ayurveda, digestion begins the moment food reaches the mouth. There are around 10,000 taste buds in the mouth, with only nearly 8,000 of them on the tongue. The other taste buds are placed on your lips, cheeks, the roof of your mouth, and the roof of your throat. These taste buds aid in signaling your body to activate the enzymes required to decompose the food.
As per Ayurveda, every meal should include every taste present in nature. The concept is that by incorporating all six flavors into your meals and adjusting the portions to your particular constitution, you can maintain a wholesome diet, feel satisfied daily, and maintain a harmonious form. Knowing the six tastes is crucial for self-healing as it allows us to understand our bodies’ fundamental sense of nutrition and food. Let’s get into details:
Madhura is a sweet flavor found in food that is soothing and satisfying in small amounts. Madhura is rich in earth and water elements and balances the Vata and Pitta doshas. Too much sweetness can throw Kapha off. Sweet fruits, dairy products, starchy vegetables, grain products, dairy products, jaggery, and honey are the finest sources of sweet taste.
Lavana is a salty flavor found in food comprised of water and fire. Salt enhances the flavor of food while supplying energy, aiding digestion, and aiding nutritional absorption in the body. A salty taste can be balanced for Vata, but too much salt can annoy Pitta and Kapha. Salty food includes rock salt, sea salt, and naturally salty food products that fall into this category.
Pungent taste is made up of the elements fire and air, and it is the warmest of the six tastes in Ayurveda. It promotes digestion, boosts appetite, detoxes tissues, and stimulates blood flow. Pungent taste also aids in Kapha balance, but consuming excessively can increase Pitta and cause other health problems. When coupled with sweet, sour, or salty meals, Vata can withstand pungent tastes. Chilies, ginger, and hot peppers are just a few instances of spicy flavor.
The bitter flavor comprises air and space elements and is the coolest of the six tastes. It is naturally purifying in nature, and it aids in the removal of waste and harmful waste from the body and cleansing the body. Bitter flavors are most suited for Pitta and KaphaDosha and are least beneficial for Vatadosha bodies. Turmeric, green vegetables like bitter gourd, and herbal teas are bitter-tasting foods.
The sour flavor is made up of water and fire. It promotes appetite and saliva formation and balances its light, warm, and oily properties. The acidic taste stimulates the mind and emotions and can help with appetite, digestion, and disposal. It should be consumed in moderation because overeating can quickly irritate the skin. Sour-tasting foods include citrus fruits like lemon, orange, gooseberries, and yogurt.
The astringent taste has a drying and toning effect. It helps reduce excessive moisture in the body, promotes the healing of tissues, and supports proper elimination. Astringent foods include legumes, lentils, green tea, and fruits like apples and pomegranates.
Here are some significant tips of on how you can include Ayurveda’s six tastes in your routine platter to create a balanced and delicious meal:
Kadhi and Khichdi
Start with a tangy creamy yogurt-based Kadhi to compliment your flavourfulKhichdi made with rice, vegetables, lentils (such as Moong dal or Arhar dal), Garam Masala, cumin, turmeric, and rock salt. You can also add some A2 Billona Ghee in your meals to boost Ojas (nourishing) factor.
Traditional Indian Thali
Enjoy the traditional Indian meal Thali comprising lentils, Indian bread, vegetable, pickle, and sweets to obtain a wide variety of nutrition and flavors. Remember to garnish your traditional Thali with fresh coriander leaves and serve them with PapadChuri and GudLabsi, DryfruitLaddoos, PanjiriLaddoo, etc.
In conclusion, traditional Indian Thali is a healthier pick due to its balanced nutrition, rich fiber content, low saturated fats, variety of spices, and portion control. A complete meal delivers the body with all the necessary nutrients and promotes overall health and well-being.
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