taste is good

Ayurveda recommends that all six tastes be included in each meal; when they are, we will be left feeling harmonious, peaceful, and calm, as each dosha has been nourished. Give your body the time it needs to get used to new tastes, and the subsequent feeling of balance that comes from changing your ingrained eating habits.

by Amrita Sondhi

Ayurveda divides food into six tastes that influence the three doshas and thereby influence our overall sense of satiation and well-being. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty bitter, pungent, and astringent; each one affects our doshas differently. (Many foods have a combination of two or three tastes, such as oranges, which are considered both sweet and sour.) Ayurveda recommends that all six tastes be included in each meal; when they are, we will be left feeling harmonious, peaceful, and calm, as each dosha has been nourished. Note that only a little of each taste is necessary for it to satisfy and balance us; more is not necessarily better, and in fact, in certain situations it can be detrimental or toxic.

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