Relationship of Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas to Foods and Behavior

Foods Fruits Sattvic Mango, pomegranate, coconut, figs, dates, peaches, pears Sweet potato, sprouts, leafy greens, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus Basmati rice, quinoa, blue corn, tapioca, barley Mung beans and dal, red and yellow lentils Rajasic Sour fruits: oranges, apples, banana, guava, tamarind Potatoes, nightshades, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, winter squash, pickles Millet, corn, buckwheat Brown lentils, lima beans, kidney beans, adzuki beans, tur dal, and small amounts of black, pinto, pink beans Sour cream, salted or sour butter, cream, cottage cheese, ice cream Most nuts, brown sesame seeds Curry, chili, cayenne, and black pepper Processed sugar, artificial sweeteners, cooked honey Tamasic Avocado, watermelon, plums, apricots. Note: fruit overall is sattvic Mushrooms, garlic, onion, pumpkin Wheat, brown rice Urad dal, and large amounts of black, pinto, and pink beans Cheese (hard, aged), processed milk, eggs





Fresh, unprocessed: cow’s milk, ghee, soft cheese, homemade yogurt, goat’s milk Almonds, white sesame seeds, fresh cashews Saffron, turmeric, cardamom, coriander, fennel, cumin Fresh sugarcane juice, jaggary, raw sugar, raw honey (if bees are not harmed) Certain herbal teas such as “Awareness tea”, licorice tea None Austerity, meditation, spiritual chanting, sam¡dhi Love, compassion, forgiveness

Nuts and Seeds Spices

Peanuts, rancid nuts, black sesame seeds Jalapeno pepper, nutmeg, Molasses, soft drinks, stevia, extremely sweet tasting foods. Alcohol, marijuana, most drugs Beef, pork, lamb Unconsciousness, excessive sleep, coma Attachment, loneliness, drowsiness, depression, destructive anger


Drinks, etc. Meats Mental state and Behavior

Coffee, black and green tea Fish, shrimp, chicken Concentration, thinking, contemplation, excessive travel and movement Fear, anxiety, envy, jealousy, anger



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