Suitable foods for Vata Dosha and what should avoid

Foods For Balancing Vata

Vata dosha can regain the balance with adequate foods that counterbalance their qualities, the positive qualities of Vata will increase and get rid of negative ones.(1)

According to Ayurveda every food is a Holy food as long is nourish you and helps to regain your balance.

Naturally, Vata is dry, cold, rough and mobile in energy and they can be brought back into balance by eating the opposite qualities.

They need dense, moist, more warm and oily foods. Among other, Vata characteristics are bloating, indigestion, gas, insomnia, anxiety, and dry skin. Take the free Ayurvedic Profile quiz.

Fruits

Fruits that should avoid completely are dry fruits, but it does not fit very well with fruits that are overly astringent or bitter.

Vata should favor fruits that are nourishing and sweet, and it's best to be consumed 30 minutes before eating for optimal digestion.

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Fruits that Vata can enjoy:

Apple (cooked)
Apricot (fresh)
Avocados
Bananas (ripe)
Berries
Cherries
Coconuts
Dates-the fruit of the date palm tree(fresh, cooked or soaked)
Figs (fresh, cooked or soaked)
Grapes
Kiwi
Lemons
Limes
Mangoes
Oranges
Papayas
Peaches
Pineapples
Plums
Watermelon(in the hot period only)

Vata should avoid:

Apples (raw)
Bananas (green)
Dates (dry)
Dried fruits

Vegetables

Cooked vegetables are easier to digest, and this is the best for Vata. Vegetables that Vata should avoid are dry, rough, and cold vegetables, including most raw vegetables which would be best to be consumed during the day when digestion fire is active. 

Vegetables that Vata should enjoy:

Asparagus
Beetroot
Carrots (cooked)
Chiles
Cilantro(the leaves and stems of the coriander plant)
Cucumbers
Garlic
Green beans
Leeks
Mustard greens
Okra
Olives (black)
Onions (cooked)
Parsnips
Peas (cooked)
Pumpkin
Rutabagas
Spinach (cooked)
Squash (all types)
Sweet potatoes
Watercress
Zucchini

What Vegetable Vata should avoid:

Vata should avoid raw vegetable, especially cruciferous broccoli, romanesco.

Grains

Grains pacify Vata because are easy to digest, generally sweet, and nourishing. Cooked grains and warm are better than using cold in a salad.

Grains that Vatas should consume:

Amaranth
Basmati rice
Brown rice
Oats (cooked)
Quinoa

Wild rice

Vata should avoid:

Any dry, cold, or puffed gain

Legumes

As a great source of proteins, legumes are also astringent in taste which can dry Vata.

With a fragile digestion fire, Vata cannot tolerate many types of legumes without feeling gassy or bloated.

The legumes are best to be well cooked and contain spices particularly cummin for easy assimilation.

The easiest legume to digest for Vata:

Mung daal (is made from mung beans; are two different types - split mung also known as 'Chilka' with the skins still attached, and split mung (yellow mung) without the skins.

Tofu-served hot.

Any other type of beans may make Vatas gassy or bloated.

Dairy

Today's dairy products are not pure, contains hormones or other adhesives, are pasteurized without enzymes and nutrients including vitamin C and E.

More than that it is used rGBH (recombinant bovine growth hormone, an artificial hormone injected into dairy cows for higher milk production.

As an alternative, flax, hemp, almond, coconuts rice, and pea are entirely plant-based and hormone free.

For proper digestion is best to consume dairy at least 1 hour and a half before any other food and do not combine with meat or fruits.

Dairy that Vata should favor:

Ghee (clarified butter)
Kefir
Yogurt (unsweetened)
Goat`s milk, cheese

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Avoid:

Non-organic products
Ice cream
Frozen yogurt
Powdered milk

Nuts and Seeds

The nuts and seeds are heavy, oily, and dense and great snack for Vata but be sure to not consume in excess because will overwhelm digestive capacity.

Almonds are considered the best for Vata and also recommended raw and unsalted nuts.

For proper digestion is best to soak almonds in water and remove the skin before eating.

Favor:

Any raw nut and seed.

Avoid:

Salted, roasted nuts

Animal products

Ayurveda recommends a vegetarian diet except for the extremely weak or very active person.

Vata compared with other Dosha do the best with animal proteins because they need strength. 

Easy to digest products for Vata:

Chicken or turkey (especially dark meat)
Beef
Fish (fresh and saltwater)
Eggs

Vata should avoid:

Lamb
Pork
Rabbit
Turkey(white meat)
Venison

Oils

As they are dry, rough bodies and colon, oils are essential in the diet for regularity and hydration. 

Oils Vatas should favor:

Almond oil
Avocado oil
Coconut oil
Extra-virgin olive oil
Extra-virgin coconuts oil
Mustard oil
Sesame oil

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Avoid:

Corn oil
Canola oil
Peanut oil
Palm oil

Sweeteners

Vata Dosha is often underweight and needs extra calories, but doesn`t mean all Vatas need to gain weight.

Sweeteners with warming energetic like honey, jaggery, and molasses, are especially helpful with Vata’s tendency to be cold.

Favor:

Brown sugar or syrup
Coconuts sugar
Dates sugar
Honey

Avoid:

Cane juice or syrup
White sugar

Spices

Spices in Ayurveda are medicine and stimulates Vata`s weak digestive fires.

It is best to spice the food with warming spices like cumin, ginger, mustard seeds.

Many spices contain anti-caking agents and fillers so be sure that spices you use to be organic, high quality, and pure.

Spices that Vata should favor:

Ajwain
Anise
Asafoedita
Basil
Bay leaf
Black pepper
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coriander (seeds or powder)
Cumin (seeds or powder)
Fennel
Ginger (fresh or powder)
Mustard seeds
Nutmeg
Paprika
Rosemary
Saffron
Turmeric

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Spices that Vata should avoid:

Cayenne
Chili powder
Fenugreek
Horseradish
Neem


Vata, to nourish their bodies and keep their digestive fire up they need warming and grounding dishes like curries and stews rather than light snacks or salad and also protein, and the great option is tofu to retain muscle and bone mass.

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