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Dietary Concepts for Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha Predominance

According to some inclusive concepts of Ayurvedic knowledge, the following may be favorable or unfavorable for individuals with either Vata, Pitta or Kapha Dosha Predominance:

Vata Dosha Predominance Diet:

Intake of small food portions at regular intervals

Intake of naturally sweet, salty, sour foods

Intake of foods smooth in texture, such as pureed dishes or soups, bananas

Prepare foods generously with ghee and oils because Vata predominance is dry in nature

Intake of butter

Intake of warm milk at night with cardamom may be soothing

Intake of herbal tea

Vata Dosha Predominance Ideal Foods May Be:

Vegetables and Herbs

Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Radishes, Sweet Potatoes, Garlic


Grapes, Lemons, Pineapples


Cooked Rice, Oats

Vata Dosha Predominance UNFAVORABLE Foods Are Likely To Be:

Raw Vegetables, Salads

Immature, Unripe Fruits

Bitter, pungent, astringent foods

Broccoli, Beans, some may not exasperate Vata if intake isn't excessive

Excessive salt, processed sugars, excess of over-processed foods, or what is called junk food

Chocolates, chilled beverages because Vata predominance is cold in nature and alcohol

Fasting is considered unfavorable for Vata predominance

Pitta Dosha Predominance Diet:

Sweet, bitter, astringent foods

Olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil

Intake of milk, butter and ghee is fine

Sweet fruits

Cucumber, coconut water, melon, or other cooling foods and beverages because Pitta predominance is warm in nature

Most substantial meal is lunch

Pitta Dosha Predominance Ideal Foods May Be:

Vegetables, Herbs and Spices

Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Green Beans, Lettuce, Sprouts, Mint, Black Pepper, Coriander, Ginger, Fennel, Turmeric

Pitta Dosha Predominance UNFAVORABLE Foods Are Likely To Be:

Intake of sour fruits, apricots, berries, grapefruit in large quantities

Salty, sour, spicy foods

Egg yolk, honey, hot beverages

Almond oil, corn oil, sesame oil

Heat exposure especially after intake of the above unfavorable foods

Kapha Dosha Predominance Diet:

Intake of pungent, bitter flavored foods

Pungent spices, such as, chilli or ginger

Mustard seeds, Turmeric

An ideal beverage with meals, ginger tea

Warm water flavored with honey and lemon

Intake of honey to support balance of Kapha

Low non-fat milk

Barley, millet, oats

Kapha Dosha Predominance Ideal Foods May Be:


Artichoke, Beans, Broccoli, Spinach, Sprouts


Apples, Dried Figs, Pears, Pomegranates, Plums


Walnut Oil and Corn Oil



Protein Source


Kapha Dosha Predominance UNFAVORABLE Foods Are Likely To Be:

Intake of large quantities of dairy

Intake of large quantities of salt

Excessive sugar intake

Intake of large quantities of nuts and seeds

Large amounts of oils being ingested

Intake of cold, heavy foods because Kapha predominance is more prone to lethargic digestion

Eating at night or late-night eating, more specifically, in large quantities

Intake of egg yolk, pork and seafood

This information is provided for general informational purposes and is not a substitute or definitive to replace physicians' care.

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