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Relationship of Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas to Foods and Behavior

Foods Sattvic Rajasic Tamasic

Mango, pomegranate, Sour fruits: oranges, apples, Avocado, watermelon,


Fruits coconut, figs, dates, banana, guava, tamarind plums, apricots. Note: fruit
peaches, pears overall is sattvic

Sweet potato, sprouts, leafy Potatoes, nightshades, Mushrooms, garlic, onion,


Vegetables greens, zucchini, yellow cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin
squash, asparagus winter squash, pickles

Basmati rice, quinoa, blue Millet, corn, buckwheat Wheat, brown rice
Grains
corn, tapioca, barley

Mung beans and dal, red and Brown lentils, lima beans, Urad dal, and large amounts
yellow lentils kidney beans, adzuki beans, of black, pinto, and pink
Beans
tur dal, and small amounts of beans
black, pinto, pink beans

Fresh, unprocessed: Sour cream, salted or sour Cheese (hard, aged),


cow’s milk, ghee, soft butter, cream, cottage processed milk, eggs
Dairy
cheese, homemade yogurt, cheese, ice cream
goat’s milk

Almonds, white sesame Most nuts, brown sesame Peanuts, rancid nuts, black
Nuts and Seeds
seeds, fresh cashews seeds sesame seeds

Saffron, turmeric, cardamom, Curry, chili, cayenne, and Jalapeno pepper, nutmeg,
Spices
coriander, fennel, cumin black pepper

Fresh sugarcane juice, Processed sugar, artificial Molasses, soft drinks, stevia,
jaggary, raw sugar, raw sweeteners, cooked honey extremely sweet tasting
Sweets
honey (if bees are not foods.
harmed)

Certain herbal teas such as Coffee, black and green tea Alcohol, marijuana, most
Drinks, etc.
“Awareness tea”, licorice tea drugs

Meats None Fish, shrimp, chicken Beef, pork, lamb

Austerity, meditation, Concentration, thinking, Unconsciousness, excessive


Mental state
spiritual chanting, sam¡dhi contemplation, excessive sleep, coma
and Behavior
travel and movement

Love, compassion, Fear, anxiety, envy, jealousy, Attachment, loneliness,


Emotions forgiveness anger drowsiness, depression,
destructive anger

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