What Food Combinations Should Not be Eaten

According to Ayurveda, each food has its own taste, Rasa. The food also has the heating or the cooling energy (virya) as its post digestive effect known as vipaka.   Some of them may have prabhava, which means an unexplained influence on the body constitution. Ayurveda has tested the various food combinations and identified that, when two or three different food substances of different tastes with different energy level and with the post-digestive effect are combined together, the Agni produced by them will overload the enzyme system of the body resulting in the production and accumulation of toxins in the body constitution. Ayurveda also states that the improper combinations of foods would cause many physical and mental problems in the individual.  It can be understood that you must not eat certain food combinations to be able to stay healthy.  

Principle of Ayurveda regarding Food Combination
The principles of Ayurveda were derived from the writing of the ancient Indian physicians. The period is believed to be the 100 A.D. The important Ayurvedic principles are
  • Eating minimal dish types say two or three are recommended as compared to the modern day (at least six dishes).
  • Ayurveda recommends simple and delicious foods. For thousands of years humans consumed the natural or unprocessed foods in the simplest ways.
  • Ayurveda diet also talks about the different foods consumed at various seasons to suit the climatic conditions.
  • Ayurveda recommends eating healthy and nutritious food for healthy life. 
Food Combinations you should not eat according to Ayurveda
  • After drinking milk, do not consume yogurt or anything with the sour taste or citrus fruits such as lemon etc.
  • Ayurveda discourages taking fruits along with the starchy foods such as potatoes, as it takes very long time to digest.
  • It recommends Melon - it should be eaten alone and also avoid taking melons with grains. Grains take more time to digest, whereas melons digest very quickly.
  • According to Ayurveda Honey should never be cooked, as it becomes poison when cooked. Uncooked honey is good for health.
  • Eggs are always incompatible with milk, yogurt, cheese, fish and bananas and eating these in any combination will cause health problems.
  • Cool drinks reduce the digestive power when taken with meals and should be avoided.
  • Fruits as a rule should always be eaten alone and should not be mixed with any other food. However, there might be some exceptions, such as certain cooked combo which have the same rasa, virya and vipaka.
  • Avoid eating meat protein and milk protein together.
  • Our body constitution stays healthy if the meal is completed by drinking a cup of lassi. The ideal combination is four table spoon of yogurt with a little ginger, fennel and cumin powder and with addition of water to make it a smooth drink. 
These above are the minimal guidelines though there are numerous recommendations in Ayurveda.  A proper diet will have a good balance of nutritional value, body constitution, seasonal variations, age and any disease condition etc.  Food combinations having opposing nature are harmful and should be avoided.

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