What are satvic foods in ayurveda?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The qualities of satvic foods produce calmness, clarity, and creativity in the mind and health and vitality in the body. Examples of satvic foods are organic fresh fruits and vegetables, raw honey, grains, beans, lentils, almonds, unprocessed milk, ghee, nuts, and seeds. These foods are moist, sweet, fresh, and soft, have delicate flavors, and should be served at room temperature.

The opposite of satvic foods are tamasic foods, or processed foods. When we eat tamasic foods, they bring dullness, confusion, inertia, ignorance, and attachment. Examples of tamasic foods are foods that are aged (like cheese), leftovers, fried foods, frozen foods, homogenized foods, fermented foods, red meat, alcohol, and mushrooms. These foods are dry, old, stale, rotten, heavy, dead, processed, preserved, tasteless, and hard for the body to process.
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Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

What sort of foods might you find when you stop into a travel-mart store at a gas station along the highway?  You'll find candy bars, chips, cookies, snack cakes, crackers, and perhaps even some beef jerky.  To drink, you will find soda, juices from concentrate, and beer.  And then, maybe, you'll find a basket with a couple of bananas and apples at the front counter.

The thing is, there's probably just as much nutrition in that basket of fruit as there is in all the rest of the products combined.

According to Ayurveda, sattvic foods are foods that help to attain balance in the body.  While processed foods are filled with chemicals and additives, natural foods are filled  Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds--these are foods that help the body to live in balance, for they (like the body) are from nature.

Of course, some natural foods are more balancing than others.  Certain foods foster balance regardless of a person's individual constitution or lifestyle, and Ayurvedic practitioners are likely to encourage their patients to incoproate them into their diet.  Examples of particularly balancing foods are ghee, white basmati rice, and asparagus.  

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