According to Ayurveda food has six basic tastes. They are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Each of these tastes must be taken in moderate quantities.
Sweet: Easily digestible
- It is good to start the meal with ginger and salt and finish with buttermilk. Pomegranate is also a good choice. Cucumber and jack fruit should be avoided before a meal.
- Drinking fruit juices in between or soon after a meal is not good for health. Fruit is good to take before a meal. if you want to have fruit juice after a meal, then better to take an hour after the meal.
- Hard foods, that are hard to chew and ghee mixed food items should be consumed first, followed by lighter food and then liquids.
- Re-heating the food is not good. The food articles which are reheated (that is already cooked), become like poison according to Charaka Samhita.
- Older people should avoid yogurt, especially at night.
- Altering your diet according to the seasons will keep the diseases away.
- One must eat at a pleasant spot with necessary materials, lest it should not nourish the body.
- The incompatible food items taken together act as slow poison and will cause deterioration of health.
- Fast eating will impair proper digestion.
- If you eat too slow, you will not feel satisfied, and could eat more quantity than required. This will also affect the proper digestion.
- Have a fruit or juice at breakfast daily.
The food consumption should be pleasant to the sense organs, mitigate thirst and hunger. After eating one should able to sit, move, sleep and breathe without discomfort. Such a quantity of food will get digested easily and the wastes gets expelled smoothly.