Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Incompatible Foods ( Viruddha Aahar ) & Ayurveda

All food articles possess their own Rasa (taste), Guna (characteristics), Virya (potency), and Vipaka (post digestion effect). Some food stuffs also possess Prabhava an unexplained effect. The fate of food articles with in our body depends on the state of our digestive fire. When two or more food articles having different taste, energy and post digestion effect are combined the digestive fire can become overloaded, inhibiting enzyme system and result in the production of toxins.

Poor combining can produce indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas formation and, if prolonged, can lead to toxemia, and diseases. For example, eating bananas with milk can diminish digestive fire, change the intestinal flora, produce toxins and cause sinus congestion, cold, cough and allergies. Although both of these foods have a sweet taste, a cooling energy, their post digestion effect is very different – bananas are sour while milk is sweet. This cause confusion in our system and results in toxins, allergies and other imbalances

Some of the incompatible food combinations are:

Don’t Eat



Fruits, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Milk, Meat, Curd


Fruits especially melons, Beans, cheese, fish, milk, meat, curd.


As a rule shouldn’t be taken along milk, Curd


Fruit, tapioca


With equal amount of Ghee by weight, boiled or cooked honey

Hot drinks

Mangoes, cheese, fish, meat, starch, curd


Cucumber, milk, tomato, curd


Everything especially dairy products, eggs, fried food, grains, starch. Melons more than other fruits should be eaten alone or left alone.


Bananas, cherries, melons, sour fruits, bread containing yeast, fish, meat, curd

Nightshades e.g. potato, tomato

Melon, cucumber, dairy products


Bananas, raisins, milk


Fruit specially banana and mango; beans, raisins, jaggery


Fruit cheese, eggs, fish, hot drinks, meat, milk, nightshades. More than this curd should never be cooked and should be taken in night, summer, rains and spring season. Curd should always be taken with sugar, soup of green beans, ghee or the Amalaki powder.

It is a very short list. To find which combinations are incompatibles there are some rules and regulations:

  • In cold areas and in cold seasons the food articles which are cool in potency and unctuous in character are generally wrong food combination for that area.
  • Like wise in warm areas and in hot season the food articles with warm potency and pungent or bitter taste are generally should be avoided.
  • When one is having little fire in stomach then taking a heavy meal is wrong combination.
  • When a fellow is habitual of taking dry, un-unctuous, warm food articles then the food articles with cold potency and unctuous in character prove to incompatible food combinations.
  • Food articles with warm potency mixed with food articles with cold potency
  • Eating some thing while holding any of the natural urge as said above
  • Milk with Sour fruit or salt
  • Food articles which are either over cooed or under cooked or very much time has passed since cooking
  • Eating any thing with out willingness.


Anonymous said...

good article,
it is very useful in daily life
some facts about food that i don't know; which is mentioned here for that I personally thank you doctor.
thanks again

Anonymous said...

great article!!! i really didn't know soft facts narrated here.

keep posting.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm, use full but u have to give some more detail

Sowndarya Lakshmi said...

A question related to Virudha ahar ... Milk is in compatible with curd ... Generally my granny advices not to have milk after having curd rice and vice versa.. But curd is prepared by mixing warm milk with curd.. And we prepare curd rice by mixing more milk and little curd with cooked rice .. Hope that does cause any issues ...

Ayurveda Consultant said...

+Sowndarya Lakshmi

Hi, As per ayurveda milk is cold in "prakruti" and curd is hot in "prakruti"
and eating hot and cold thing at a same time is not good for body, so it is advisable not to eat curd and milk together.