Food for Vata

Food to balance Vata

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 Vata. 

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.

Vata Favour

VEGETABLES 

Ash gourd

Asparagus

Beets

Bottle gourd

Cabbage* (cooked)

Carrot

Cassava* **

Chili*           

Corn* (cooked)

Cucumber

Daikon radish*

Drumstick 

Elephant foot yam

Fennel

Horse raddish*

Lady fingers

Leek

Okra 

Olive (black)

Onion* (cooked)

Parsnip 

Pumpkin

Radish* (cooked)

Rutabaga**

Seaweed

Spinach* (cooked)

Sprouts*

Squash* (cooked)

Sweet potato

Taro root 

Watercress

Yam

Zucchini (cooked)


FRUIT

Apples (cooked)

Apricot

Avocado

Banana

Berry

Black berry

Blue berry

Cherry

Coconut

Dates (fresh/soaked/cooked)

Figs (fresh/soaked/cooked)

Grape

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Lemon

Lime

Mango        

Melon

Orange

Papaya

Peach

Pineapple

Plum

Prune (soaked/cooked) 

Raisin (soaked/cooked)

Raspberry*

Rhubarb

Strawberry 

Tamarind


GRAINS

Amaranth* 

Couscous*

Durham flour

Oats (cooked)

Quinoa (cooked)*

Rice

Wheat


LEGUMES

Green beans (cooked)

Lentils (red)

Mung beans

Mung dhal 

Peas (cooked)

Split pigeon peas

Vegan paneer*

Yellow split mung beans*


NUTS & SEEDS

Almond 

Brazil nut

Cashew nut*

Chia seeds 

Flax seed

Hazel nut

Hemp seed

Macadamia nut 

Peanut*

Pecan nut

Pine nut

Pistachios

Psyllium*

Pumpkin seed

Sesame seed

Sunflower seed

Walnut


OIL

Almond oil

Avocado oil

Coconut oil*

Flaxseed oil*

Mustard oil

Olive oil

Peanut oil

Sesame oil


SPICES & HERBS

Ajwan

Allspice

Anise

Asafoetida

Basil

Bay leaf

Black pepper

Caraway

Cardamom

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Clove

Coriander powder*

Cumin

Curry leaves

Dill

Fennel

Garlic*

Ginger

Long pepper 

Mace

Marjoram

Mint

Mustard seed

Nutmeg

Oregano

Paprika powder 

Parsley

Rosemary

Saffron

Sage*

Salt

Star Anise

Tarragon 

Thyme

Turmeric

Vanilla 

Vata Avoid/Reduce

VEGETABLES 

Artichoke*

Arugula*

Aubergine

Bell pepper** 

Bitter melon

Brocoli 

Brussel sprouts

Burdock root 

Cabbage (raw)

Cauliflower (raw)

Cauliflower* **

Celery

Chard*

Chayote squash

Chinese potato* **

Corn (fresh)

Dandelion greens

Ivy gourd *

Jerusalem Artichoke*

Kale

Kohlrabi 

Leafy greens*

Letuce*

Mushroom

Olive (green)*

Onion (raw)

Potato

Radish (raw)

Ridge gourd 

Snake gourd *

Spinach (raw)

Squash (raw)

Sundried tomato*

Tomato (raw) 

Tomato* (cooked)

Turnip 

Zucchini (raw)


FRUITS 

Apple

Banana (unripe) 

Cranberry

Date (dry)

Fig (dry)

Guava 

Lingonberry

Pear

Persimmon

Pomegranate

Prune (dry)

Raisin (dry)

Water melon


GRAINS

Barley

Buckwheat*

Corn*

Millet

Oats (dry)

Polenta*

Quinoa (puffed) 

Rye

Spelt


LEGUMES

Aduki beans* **

Black beans* **

Black-eyed peas* **

Broad beans

Chickpeas* **

Kidney beans* **

Lentils (brown/green)

Lima beans

Navy beans 

Peas (raw/dried)

Pinto beans* **

Soybeans* **

White beans


NUTS & SEEDS

Corn (popped) 

OIL

Canola oil*

Corn oil*

Soybean oil*


SPICES & HERBS

Cayenne pepper*

Chili powder*

Fenugreek*

Neem leaves*

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