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What are some foods corresponding to Ayurveda's six tastes?

Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, recognizes 6 tastes -- sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. It is easy to thing of examples of sweet tastes (apple pie), salty tastes (potato chips), and sour tastes (lemons). But how often do you think of bitter, pungent, and astringent foods? Each taste is necessary in order for your mind to feel satiated after a meal. Adding a variety of foods with different tastes to your meals will not only help you eat less, but it will also give you an assortment of nutrients so you can achieve all of your health goals.

Sweet:
- Most grains such as wheat, rice, barley, and corn
- Pulses (legumes), such as beans, lentils, and peas
- Milk and sweet milk products such as ghee, cream, and butter
- Sweet fruits (especially dried) such as dates, figs, grapes, pear, coconut, and mango
- Cooked vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, cauliflower, and string beans
- Sugar in any form such as raw, refines, brown, white, molasses, and sugar cane juice

Sour:
- Sour fruits such as lemon, lime, sour orange, sour pineapple, passion fruit, sour cherries, plum, and tamarind
- Sour milk products such as yogurt, cheese, whey, and sour cream
- Fermented substances (other than cultured milk products) such as wine, vinegar, soy sauce, or sour cabbage
- Carbonated beverages (including soft drinks or beer)

Salty:
- Any kind of salt such as rock salt, sea salt, and salt from the ground
- Any food to which salt has been added

Pungent:
- Spices such as chili, black pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, cumin, cloves, cardamom, and garlic
- Mild spices such as turmeric, anise, cinnamon, and fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, and mint
- Raw vegetables such as radish, onion, and cauliflower

Bitter:
- Vegetables such as chicory and bitter gourd; other green leafy vegetables such as spinach, green cabbage, and brussels sprouts
- Fruits such as olives, grapefruit, and cocoa
- Spices such as fenugreek and turmeric

Astringent:
- Turmeric, honey, walnuts, and hazelnuts
- Pulses such as beans, lentils, peas
- Vegetables such as sprouts, lettuce, and other green leafy vegetables; most raw vegetables
- Fruits such as pomegranate, berries, persimmon, rose, apple, and most unripe fruits

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