The Sweet Taste according to Ayurveda

Who does not like Sweet? We guess it is the one taste in world, anyone can tell it as we perceive it as it make us happy. Let’s have a look at this according to ayurveda; this taste balances Vata and Pitta, aggravates Kapha.The primary elements which decides this taste are Earth and Water. This taste is found as sugars such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose and lactose and this taste comes naturally from the carbohydrate, protein and fat found in our food. This sweet taste is more subtle than we can imagine as rice and milk are predominantly sweet.

The benefits of sweet taste are numerous like it helps mucus membranes, the lungs, the GI tract, urinary tract and reproductive system .It is nutritive, energizing, strengthening and soothing to our mind. It boosts the health of skin, hair, enhances integrity of immune system and ultimately increases Ojas.

In excess, the sweet taste can harm our body and slow us down. This taste is tempting and addictive. So when overused, it can increase mucus, diminish the appetite, smoother the digestive fire, promote congestion, cause ama (toxin), breathing problems, obesity and diabetes etc. This taste in excessive, also contribute to unhealthy cravings and greed to hamper our spiritual growth.

We can get this sweet taste naturally from :
 
  • Wheat, rice, oats, corn etc and any food item made from these grains. Like bread and pasta.
  • Milk
  • Chicken and Fish
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, squash
  • Any ripe fruit
  • honey, syrups, molasses are natural sweeterners
We don’t need to do extra efforts to include this taste in our meals. While mung beans, barley, and honey taste predominantly sweet, they do not tend to increase kapha and are actually thought to help balance excess moisture.

The Sweet taste is really sweet for our health if we add it in our meals with mindful mindset.

Till next time, take care of yourselves.

Happy Ayurveda!

~ Amulya Ayurveda