Nutrition

What food is called sattvic?

Products that belong to the most "correct" guna.

The term “sattvic nourishment” appeared in the European lexicon of the adepts of the new age philosophy in the seventies of the 20th century against the background of fascination with Oriental mysticism, cleansing practices and bhakti yoga. Sattva is the first of the three gunas (qualities of material nature in Sankhya philosophy). In translation from Sanskrit, sattva means "pure, bright, benevolent." Of all the gunas to which rajas (power) and tamas (ignorance) belong, sattva is considered to be the purest and highest quality of material nature. Sattvic diet develops the mind, strengthens the body, improves yoga practice.

Sattvic diet consists of products that have light qualities and moderately cooling properties. Spicy, sour and salty tastes are rajasic due to their stimulating properties, and bitter and astringent are tamasic because they dull the mind. Dan Koro, a chef from the culinary project Living Food, based on the principles of sattvic nutrition, lists the products related to the mode of goodness: "Fruits and vegetables grown in ecologically clean places (except onions, garlic, horseradish and radish that have pungent smell), fresh greens, nuts and seeds, honey and bee products, cold-pressed vegetable oils, dried fruits, spring water, organic dairy products and moderately spicy spices: ginger, turmeric, fennel and coriander. "

There are doubts about the sattvic nature of cereals and beans. "The fact is," explains Dan, "that legumes often go on sale already affected by mold fungi, which contain very toxic substances - mycotoxins. They are very stable and practically do not collapse when heated. As for cereals, they contain gluten in excess which is very poorly excreted from the intestines. That is why these products fall out, in our opinion, from the sattvic diet, "concludes Dan. In traditional Vedic cooking, beans and cereals are more affable. It is believed that cereals have pronounced sattvic qualities, especially whole rice, wheat and oats. The nature of the beans is described as being more rajastika, irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. Sattvichna only soy and mash.

In addition to the established view on sattvic nutrition, which is based on the Vaishnava interpretation of the Bhagavad-gita, there is a point of view that permits the presence of meat and fish in the diet of yoga. Tells Sergei Agapkin, yoga therapist, founder Agapkin Yoga Station: "The Vedas forbid eating meat that is tamasic in nature is a myth that has developed, thanks to the activities of the neovashnavs. Meanwhile, the ancient Vedic rites included animal sacrifice with the subsequent use of their meat in food. I will quote from the Old Indian collection "Manu-smriti": "Those of animals and birds that prescribecan be killed by brahmans for sacrifice and food. So there was no time Agastya. He who eats the permitted living things even daily, do not commit sin, since creator created and allowed for food living beings, and those who eat them. " People calling tamasic meat food, commonly referred to as "Bhagavad-gita", in which Krishna allegedly called on Arjun for vegetarianism. Referring to the original source: "Prolonging life, giving clarity to the mind, strength and health of the body, bringing pleasure. Juicy, oily, pleasant to the heart - this food is dear to sattvic people ". However, there is not one words about meat. But there are ayurvedic texts, for example, in "Ashtanga hrdaya samhite "it is written:" The meat of the black partridge is used to increase intelligence, fire digestion, strength and seed. "That is, the quality of meat Partridges correspond to those described. Krishna to the requirements of to sattvic products - it increases the ball (physical strength and immunity) and gives clarity to the mind. In the same text it is said that "there are no other products than meat of animals that bear horns, for rapid body growth. "

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