Pitta Dietary Guidelines
Pitta people should avoid the “hot” tastes (sour, salty, and pungent) and should concentrate on the “cold” tastes (sweet, bitter, and astringent). Pitta types should especially limit or avoid consumption of meat, eggs, alcohol, and salt. All these foods augment the natural aggressiveness and compulsive tendencies of pitta dosha. Grains, fruits, and vegetables cool the pitta heat and should form the majority of the diet. Vegetarian food is an ideal diet for pitta people.
Pitta people have naturally strong digestion and digest raw fruits and vegetables well. They should avoid consuming too many sour fruits and vegetables such as citrus or nightshades. Venison and white meat of chicken and turkey are the best flesh foods. Flesh foods, as well as legumes should be eaten sparingly. Cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander, turmeric, and fennel are the best spices.
|FOOD TYPE||Prefered foods||Best to avoid foods|
|Fruits||Apples (Sweet), Apricots, Avocados, Coconut, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Mangoes, Melon, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plums, Pomegranate||Excessively Sour Fruits Such As green Apples, sour Cherries, sour Orange, and sour Pineapple and all citrus with the exception of lime.|
|Vegetables||Asparagus, Broccoli, Cilantro, Cabbage, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Potatoes, Squashes||Tomatoes, eggplant, Radishes, Beets And bell peppers.|
|Grains||Barley, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Wheat||Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Rye,|
|Legumes||Black Lentils, Mung Beans, Chickpeas, Tofu||Excess Consumption Of Any Legume|
|Flesh Food||Chicken, Turkey, Rabbit, Venison, Egg||Regular Consumption of red meat|
|Nuts & Seeds||Coconut Juice, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, sunflower oil and butter, Pumpkin Seeds||Salted And Roasted Nuts, Peanuts|
|Dairy||Ghee, butter, whole milk, Soft Cheeses||Hard and Salted Cheeses, Fermented Dairy (Yogurt, Sour Cream, etc.)|
|Sweeteners||Maple Syrup, Raw Sugar||Molasses, excess Honey|
|Spices||Fennel, Coriander, Cardamom, Cumin, Some Turmeric, Cinnamon||Mustard, Chilies, Excess Black Pepper or Salt|
|Vices||Spearmint Tea, Occasional Coffee W/ Cardamom, Cream, And raw cane Sugar||Tobacco, Alcohol|
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