Food for Kapha

Food to balance Kapha

In the following chart you can find out which sources of food -vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, oils and spices - that you need to add to or reduce in to your diet if your PDE is Kapha. 

Since some of the items can change their natural qualities during the process of cooking, even though something generally is not good for a specific domination, with the right cooking and the combination of spices, it can be used in a moderate level, which I have marked with ‘*’ (star) sign. While a single star after an item indicates the use of that item in a moderate level, double ‘**’ (stars) after an item indicates use only when properly cooked with the right spices. After a few items you can also see three ‘* **’ (stars) with a space after the first star, which means that you can use that item in a moderate level when it is properly prepared. 

If you are looking for a food list in Swedish I can recommend my books Ayurveda - Traditional kunskap for en modern livsstil or Maten från min by.

For a printable version click here.

Kapha Favour

VEGETABLES

Artichoke*

Arugola

Asparagus

Aubergine

Beetroot**

Bell pepper

Bell pepper

Bitter melon

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Brussel sprout

Burdock root

Cabbage

Carrot**

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Chayote squash

Chili

Chinese potato

Corn**

Daikon Radish

Dandelion greens

Drumstick

Elephant foot yam**

Fennel

Horse radish

Ivy gourd

Jerusalem Artichoke

Kale

Kohlrabi

Leafy greens

Leek

Lettuce

Mushroom*

Mustard greens

Okra**

Onion

Potato

Radish

Rutabaga

Snake gourd

Spinach

Sprouts

Sundried tomato*

Turnip

Watercress


FRUIT

Apple

Apricot

Black/red/purple grape*

Berries*

Cherry*

Cranberry

Fig (dry)*

Guava*

Lemon*

Lime*

Lingonberry

Mango*

Peach*

Pear

Persimmon

Pomegranate

Prune

Raisin

Raspberry*

Strawberry*


GRAINS

Amaranth

Barley

Black rice

Buckwheat

Corn

Millet

Oats (dry)

Polenta

Quinoa

Rice (Basmati)*

Rice (brown)*

Rye

Wild rice


LEGUMES

Adukibeans

Black beans

Black-eyed peas

Green beans

Green beans

Lentils

Limabeans

Mung beans*

Mung dhal*

Navy beans

Peas

Peas, green

Peas, yellow

Pinto beans

Soy beans*

Split pigeon peas

White beans

Yellow split mungbeans


NUTS & SEEDS

Chia seeds

Corn (popped without salt)

Flax seed*

Psyllium*

Pumpkin seed*

Sunflower seed*


OIL

Canola oil*

Corn oil*

Flax seed*

Mustard oil*

Safflower oil*

Sunflower oil*


SPICES & HERBS

Ajwan

Allspice

Anise

Asafoetida

Basil

Bay leaf

Black pepper

Caraway

Cardamom

Cayenne

Chili powder

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Clove

Coriander powder

Cumin

Cumin

Curry leaves

Dill

Fennel*

Fenugreek

Garlic

Ginger

Long pepper

Mace

Marjoram

Mint

Mustard seed

Neem leaf

Nutmeg

Oregano

Paprika powder

Parsley

Rosemary

Saffron

Sage

Star anise

Tarragon

Thyme

Turmeric

Kapha Avoid/Reduce

VEGETABLES

Ash gourd*

Bottle gourd

Cassava

Cucumber

Olive (green and black)

Parsnip*

Pumpkin

Ridge gourd

Squash

Sweet potato

Taro root

Tomato (raw)

Tomato* (cooked)

Yam

Zucchini


FRUIT

Avocado

Banana

Black berry*

Blue berry*

Coconut

Date

Fig (fresh)

Grapefruit

Green grape

Kiwi

Melon

Orange

Papaya

Pineapple

Plum

Rhubarb

Tamarind

Watermelon


GRAINS

Couscous*

Durham flour*

Oats (cooked)

Rice (white)

Spelt*

Wheat


LEGUMES

Chickpeas*

Kidney beans*


NUTS & SEEDS

Almond* (soaked & peeled)

Brazilnut

Cashew

Hazelnut

Hemp seed

Macadamia nut

Peanut

Pecan

Pinenut

Pistachios

Sesameseed

Walnut


OIL

Almond oil*

Apricot oil

Avocado oil

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Primrose oil

Sesame oil

Soybean oil

Walnut oil


SPICES & HERBS

Salt*

Vanilla*

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