A proper and healthy diet is a much discussed topic nowadays. Changing lifestyles, busy life schedules and the partiality to junk food and fast food over home cooked meals, more often disrupt the entire Dosha balance in the body leading to diseases. Overeating, skipping meals, eating overcooked, stale or frozen food can adversely affect the body constitution.

Ayurveda diet is based not just on the nutritional values but also on the Prakruthi of the person. When the body ingests food based on its Prakruthi, the Doshas remain balanced leading to a healthy body and a peaceful mind.

Following a well-balanced Ayurveda diet can balance the various changes caused by age, physiology and environment. It can help you prevent the occurrence of diseases, increase your concentration power, improve your digestion and immune system and so on.

Recommended food for various types of Prakruthi
 

FOOD  VATHA PITHA KAPHA 
CEREALS
RED GRAM No No Yes
HORSE GRAM No No Yes
CHICK PEA No No Yes
PEANUT No No Yes
SESAME Yes Yes Yes
BLACK GRAM Yes No No
GREEN GRAM Yes Yes Yes
VEGETABLES 
RADISH Yes No No
BRINGAL Yes No No
CABBAGE No Yes No
POTATO No Yes No
TOMATO No No Yes
ONION Yes No No
CARROT Yes No Yes
LADIES FINGER No Yes No
BEETROOT Yes No No
BITTER GOURD No Yes Yes
YELLOW PUMPKIN Yes No No
YAM No Yes No
CUCUMBER No Yes Yes
SPINACH No  Yes No
GRAINS
RICE (RAW) No No Yes
RICE (BOILED) Yes No Yes
WHEAT Yes Yes No
MILLETS Yes Yes Yes
CORN No No Yes
MUSHROOM No Yes No
CAULIFLOWER No Yes Yes
GARLIC Yes No No
SPICES
MUSTARD Yes No Yes
FENUGREEK Yes No Yes
CLOVE No Yes Yes
CINNAMOM Yes No Yes
CARDAMOM No No Yes
GINGER Yes No Yes
PEPPER Yes No Yes
LONGPEPPER Yes Yes Yes
RED CHILLIES No No Yes
GREEN CHILLIES Little No Yes
CORIANDER Yes Yes Yes
CUMIN Yes No Yes
ASAFOETIDA Yes No Yes
FRUITS
APPLE Yes Yes No
BANANA Yes Yes No
GRAPES Yes Yes Yes
STRAWBERRY Yes No  No
GOOSEBERRY Yes Yes Yes
CHERRYPLUM Yes No No
MANGO (RAW) No No Yes
MANGO (RIPE) Yes  Yes No
PAPAYA Yes No No
ORANGE Yes  No No
PINEAPPLE Yes No Yes
LEMON Yes No Yes
JACKFRUIT No Yes No
DATES Yes Yes No
CASHEW Yes No Yes
POMEGRANATE Yes Yes Yes
GUAVA Yes No No
OILS   
SESAME OIL Yes Yes Yes
COCONUT OIL Yes No No
MUSTARD OIL Yes No Yes
SUNFLOWER OIL No No Yes
MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS 
COW'S MILK Yes Yes Yes
GOAT'S MILK  Yes Yes No
BUTTER Yes Yes No
CURD Yes No No
GHEE  Yes Yes No
CREAM Yes Yes No
CHEESE Yes No No
NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD
MUTTON Yes Yes Yes
PORK Yes Yes No
DRY MEAT / EGG Yes No No
DEER MEAT Yes Yes Yes
CHICKEN Yes No Yes
BEEF Yes No No