The basis of most traditional diets
There are a thousand times more seeds of
grain than any other seed in the world
Grain and civilization
Quinoa helped the Incas to scale mountains
and keep them healthy.
Hard, beady millet fortified desert nomads on
Africa to cope with harsh winds
Golden wheat provided bulk and strength for
Europeans to pioneer virgin settlements.
Grain’s general energetics
Sweet, sAtvic, suited for all.
Diuretic grains: - K (barley, corn, rye, buckwheat).
Nutritive grains: + K, - V. (wheat, oats, rice).
Steamed: lightest and easiest to digest.
Yeasted breads: + V, +acidity, +weight.
Refined pastries: more concentrate + K.
Fried: heavier to digest, as dehydrated.
Dried: (muesli) Heavy.
Soaked/cooked (porridge) =V.
Spices can make them easier to digest.
6,000 yr old grain found in crevices of
Mexican caves. Similar to quinoa, but
Highest lysine source of all grains
Technically a nut
Staple diet in Poland &
Strengthens heart, arteries,
veins, capillaries, increases
P, Fe, B+, E, C
Cultivated in India since
ancient times, 1500’s Europe
barley bread more common
Japanese roasted barley tea -
Scots: whisky, Captain Cook
fed crew barley sprouts on
trip to Australia for vit C.
+V -KP. Rich in minerals & C.
Won’t aggravate V if soupy.
Diuretic, demulcent, anti-rheumatic,
convalescence, lung disorders, skin
diseases, oedema, strengthens kidneys,
improves, absorption & anti-diarrhoeal.
Reduces cholesterol, antiviral,
anticancer, Middle East use it
for heart disease & cystitis.
2nd highest grain source of
calcium, also Phosphorus, K,
Fe, Mg, B1, 2, 3 & 5.
Staple grain for millions (south Americans
and Africans). Five species. Promotes
Symbol of fertility is Ceres -goddess of corn.
1607 us settlers lived on corn. Italians make
polenta, Mexicans nachos.
Tones liver, kidneys, spleen, solar energy,
enhanced with ghee, corn silk for UTIs,
prostate enlargement, oedema.
Low in gluten. High in A, minerals, very
low in calcium (Eat with Tahini, broccoli).
Nb: May have allergen connected to IBS
Mainly cultivated in India (red millet Ragi
-high in Fe protein, fed to babies and elderly).
Though nutritionist Paavo Airola called it “the
most nutritious cereal in the world” and Dr Vogel
called it “a complete food”- in the west mostly
used as birdseed.
One of few alkaline forming grains. Demulcent,
diuretic, nutritive, debility, convalescence.
Easily digested high in Fe, E, K+, Mg, lecithin,
Staple for hardiest races -
Hebrides. Reduces need for insulin.
Binds to nicotinic acid receptors-helps quit smoking by
reducing cravings. Inositol and oat bran lowers cholesterol,
helps metabolise fats, oestrogenic, laxative, P, Silica, Na,
highest grain source of Ca.
Technically a fruit. First harvested
3,000yrs ago by Incas. All ess aas in
perfect proportion. Similar to milk.
Staple for millions of people.
10,000 varieties. Many diff
forms- rolled, puffed, flaked.
Basmati- queen of fragrance -
higher protein and fibre than
white rice as is parboiled
before husking, sells to 200%
size when cooked, separates
well, nutty flavour. Best to
cook with absorption
Bran and germ removed, often with
glucose and vegetable oil to look better.
China: word for rice synonymous or food
Japan: same word as meal
Thailand: people called to dinner with “eat rice”.
Dry roast rice before cooking to reduce Kapha.
Lowers P, useful in diarrhoea, fevers, lowers blood
pressure, intestinal disorders.
Old rice reduces Kapha.
Used in Hindu rituals- anna-prAzana.
Higher gluten and three times higher
fibre than white.
Staple grain in Europe in middle ages,
used in Germany, eastern Europe,
Builds muscles, helps kidney’s detox, normalises
heart beat. High in phosphorus, Fe, K+, E, silica,
Mg, Ca, B1,2,3
Hybrid of rye and wheat, Ayurveda
wary of cross breading as long term
Maya Tiwari: K in summer, P in
Autumn, V in winter and spring.
1/5th total calorie intake of human race.
White flour is Tamasic, creates Ama, blocks channels,
Spelt: ancient wheats slightly different gluten not so
bad for coeliacs.
Atta flour low in gluten high fibre.
Cous cous easier to digest.
Coeliacs have allergy to alpha gliadin protein in wheat
called gluten (also in oats, barley, rye, corn), may be
allergy to pesticides though.
Excess wheat causes waste starch residue
build up in body-allergy.
Strengthening, aphrodisiac, nutritive, builds muscle,
strengthens heart, relieves palpitations, calms mind,
counters insomnia, good for ulcers, colitis,
haemorrhoids, with milk and sugar helps bleeding
disorders, external use for burns, sores, cuts.
White flour loose, fibre, zn, mg, b3, b6, E.
Good wheat high in ca, phos, k+, Fe, Na, Mg, Si,
High in minerals, lower in sugar than fruit
which is generally higher in vitamins when
not artificially ripened.
Root: heavy, nutritive.
Leaf: light and drying increase V, decrease K
Raw: ok for P or if have strong agni
Light vegies like spinach good with heavy
Dry: light vegies to be used with spices, oil,
Artichoke +V -KP Haemostatic, diuretic, liver
Asparagus +V -PK High in E, A, blood purifier,
diuretic, infection, bleeding
disorders, VD, fever, gout,
Avocado +KP -V Oily heavy, antidote -cayenne
pepper, tonic, nutritive,
tonic, builds muscle, blood, fat
Beans/green +V -PK Diuretic, Astringent, blood
cleanse. High in A and C
Bean sprout +V -PK Antacid, High Vit K, lowers cholesterol, liver
cleanse (eg: alfalfa)
Beets +KP -V High Mn, Mg, Na, K. Demulcent, laxative, +Fe,
Bell pepper +V -KP High in C, bioflavanoids, iodine and A. Refrigerant.
Bitter Melon +V -PK Antipyretic, antacid, liver/blood tonic. Reduces
weight. Diabetes, tumours.
Broccoli +V -PK Demulcent, nutritive, blood cleanse, Ast.
chlorophyll, A, C, Ca, P, Mg, Fe.
Carrots +P -VK Diuretic, promotes blood flow, strengthen
eyes, alterative, antiseptic. High in A, Ca,
P, Mg, Na.
Celery +V -PK High minerals, Astringent, diuretic,
nervine. Similar to Gotu kola. Arthritis.
Chillies +P -KV Stimulant, diaphoretic, digestive. Cs,
Coriander +V -PK Diuretic, diaphoretic, cleanses, blood /bile.
UTI, externally for skin conditions,
antidote for hot foods. Good for eyes.
Corn +PV -K Nourishes, strengthens, diuretic. Jaundice,
hepatitis, UTI, kidney stones, oedema.
Cucumber +VK -P High in E, Iodine, thirst relieving, refrigerant.
+ K - VP
Build all tissues. Pure essence of plants.
Not good at night or cold. Improves Ojas.
Buffalo +K Better for sleep, tamasic, fattier,
Human =VPK Eye and nose drops. Increase during pregnancy.
Butter +K -PV Clears channels, good post
digestive, piles, diarrhoea,
dysentery, anaemia, anorexia
Buttermilk +P =VK Digestive, GIT tonic.
Cheese +K -VP
Cot. cheese +K -PV
Cream +K -PV
2 Calcium : 3 Phosphorus
90% Asians lactose intolerant
Ghee +K -PV The best fat for human use.
conjugated linoleic acid, lowers
cancer, cholesterol, heart disease,
fat, increase lean muscles,
promotes memory, intelligence,
agni, semen, ojas, fats, remove
toxicity, cures many brain and
mental diseases, constipation,
Ice Cream +K -PV
Milk +K -VP
Sour Cream +PK -V
Yoghurt +PK -V Digestive stimulant, aphrodisiac.
Diarrhoea, emaciation, cold-damp.
Not at night or not every day.
Can causes skin and eye disease.
Can also cure them used intelligently.
High E, A, cholesterol.
Prefer cold pressed.
Almond +PK -P Beauty aid since Roman
days, helps absorb A, D, E, K.
Avocado +KP -V A, E, K, 17 minerals, 11
vitamins, sunburn, liver
tonic, muscle tonic.
Canola +V -PK Light, low cholesterol.
Castor +PK -V Purgative, antispasmodic,
analgesic, external pack reduce
apana related pains.
Corn +PK -V A, D, E, linoeleic acid, drying,
Coconut +K -PV A, D, E, K to keep fats from
sunburn, dry cough with fever,
increases repro tissue.
In general sweet & sour, - V & P and + K.
Perhaps most sAtvic food.
Promotes lightness, clarity contentment.
Dry: +V. Cooked: -V, esp with Sw spices.
Sour fruits combine well with other fruits.
Sw fruits OK with dairy and grains.
In the morning sour fruits liquefies K,
afternoon Sw fruits Cs you down.
Generally not strengthening enough for
heavy physical or mental work.
Sour: +P, unripe: +V.
Heavy fruits: banana and jackfruit.
Apricots +K -VP Beta carotene, Fe. Relieves
thirsts, anti cough, refrigerant,
seeds are laxative, destroy
Bananas +K -VP P, Zn, Fe, Malic acid, B6. Flowers
for dysentery, excess increase P,
Ast, laxative, refrigerant, unripe
–good for diarrhoea, cough,
bleeding from lungs. Banana
stem juice anti aphrodisiac.
Cranberries +V -PK Diuretic, Ast, hemostatic, UTI,
anti oedema, reduce weight.
Cherries +KP -V C, Fe, P, A. Alterative, tonic,
builds blood and plasma.
Dates +K -VP Ca, Ph, Mg, B5. Red for alcohol
intoxication. Nutritive, tonic,
laxative, refrigerant, febrifuge,
convalescence. Asthma, low
semen, reproductive weakness.
Figs +K -VP Fe, Ca. Nutritive, demulcent,
laxative, kidney/gall bladder
stones. Cough, +weight.
Grapes +K -VP Mn, silica, refrigerant, thrirst
relieving, nutritive, demulcent,
diuretic, refri, thirst, diuretic,
haemorrhage, heart disease,
burning UTI, black are higher in Fe.
Grapefruit +P -VK C, P, bioflavonoids, E. Expectorant,
aids sugar and fat digestion.
Stimulates enzyme production.
Obesity, converts estr to
Kiwi Fruit +K -PV C, E, pectin
Lemon +KP -V P carbonate neutralizes acidity, increases
white blood cells, antibacterial,
stimulant, refrigerant, thirst relieving,
expectorant, astringent, febrifuge,
kidney/uterus/sore throat, gargle with
salt. Bleeding gums. Plus honey reduces
fat, stimulates bile.
Lime +K =PV Palpitations, malaria, fever, gargle. Peal
for liver, stomachic, externally for
Mango +K -VP King of fruits, seeds for diarrhoea,
demul, diuretic, astringent, constipation
Melons +KV -P Febrifuge, diuretic, kidney tonic.
Oranges +K -V C beta carotene, bioflavonoid,
Sour increase P, Sweet decreases.
Circulatory, stimulant, expectorant, refrigerant, t
Lung disease, counters cough, vomiting, stomach
Papaya +PK -V A, C, Na. Enzyme papain, demulcent,
Seeds abortificiant, milky juice of unripe fruit is a
Peaches +K -VP A, C, Su, Zn, Io. Skin can aggravate
dermatitis, demulcent, refrigerent,
Cough. Leaf – used in vomiting/nausea
Pears +K -VP Na, folic acid, silica, demulcent, laxative,
tonic, febrifuge, anti-cough, liquefy
mucus, strengthen lungs, reduces
Persimon +K -VP Demulcent, astir, antidiarrheal,
Ripe good for dry cough.
Pineapple +K -PV C, A and bromelain. Sour can icrease P,
refri, diuret, lax, cleanse liver, jaundice,
antacid, biliousness, antialcohol effects
Plums +P –VK Fe, K, Ca, Ph. Refri, alter, thirst
relieving, laxative, prunes more
laxative, Fever, dry cough, Umebioshi –
anti parasitic, anti cough.
Pomegranate -P =VK Astringent, alter, haemorrhoids,
haemorrhage, builds blood, liver
cleanse, gall stones, hyperacidity, fever,
diarrhoea, dysentery. Anti parasitic –
Strawberries +KP -V Lower blood pressure, high in Fe, anti
plaque, refrigerant, anti thirst, alter,
haemostatic, eliminates kidney stones,
Brown Sugar +K -VP Linked to every disease, esp. allergies,
immune system disease, diabetes. Brown
just as bad as white.
Honey +P -VK Demulcent, emmenagogue, expectorant,
laxative, nutritive, tonic, dissolve fat,
improve immunity. sAtvic, imbibed with
properties of herbs/flowers, eg. Sage honey
is nervine. Astringent for burn. Active honey
good of helicobacter pylori. Catalyst.
Jaggery +K -VP Minerals, Vits, Fe. Post partum tonic,
Maltose +K -VP Can be from rice, barley. Tonic, demulcent
Maple Syrup +K -VP Demulcent, not as heating as honey.
Molasses +PK -V High in Fe
White Sugar +K -VP Average American uses 55 kilos/year.
Only used in ama-free state. Increase
rajas and then tamas.
All natural foods are good if used wisely.
Unwisely consumed, even nectar can kill.
Hence we need to develop ‘mudita’ towards all food items.
Practicing the ‘six steps of nutrition’ we will assimilate what we eat.
Gradually we will eat what we need.
Food will satisfy all our senses.