Food according to Hinduism

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Food according to Hinduism: Food is medicine.

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The Gita has verses that describe the three types of people based on the foods they consume: Satvik, Rajasic and Tamasic.

  • Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 7
    Food should be consumed after a sincere thought about the methods of sacrifice, austerity and charity that went into the production of the food. 
  • Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 8
    Food that increase ones life, energy, strength, health, happiness and satisfaction, that is succulent, fatty, wholesome and appealing is dear to those in the mode of goodness.
  • Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 9
    Food that is too bitter, too sour, too salty, too hot, too pungent, too dry and creates a burning sensation within, causes pain, sorrow and disease. Such food is dear to those in the mode of passion.
  • Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 10
    Food that is stale, tasteless, foul-smelling, rotten, left by others and unfit for sacrifice is dear to those in the mode of ignorance. Good are drawn to good, bad are drawn to the bad. 

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The Section 9 of the Chandogya Upanishad tells how food is processed in the body: 

1. What happens to food?
Coarse Feces
Soft Blood
Subtle Mind
2. What happens to water?
Coarse Urine
Soft Blood
Subtle Breath
3. What happens to fire in the food? Like Oily foods and nuts?
Coarse Bone
Soft Marrow
Subtle Voice

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