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Pitta Dietary Guidelines

Pitta people should avoid the “hot” tastes (sour, salty, and pungent) and should concentrate on the “cold” tastes (sweet, bitter, and astringent). Pitta types should especially limit or avoid consumption of meat, eggs, alcohol, and salt. All these foods augment the natural aggressiveness and compulsive tendencies of pitta dosha. Grains, fruits, and vegetables cool the pitta heat and should form the majority of the diet. Vegetarian food is an ideal diet for pitta people.

Pitta people have naturally strong digestion and digest raw fruits and vegetables well. They should avoid consuming too many sour fruits and vegetables such as citrus or nightshades. Venison and white meat of chicken and turkey are the best flesh foods. Flesh foods, as well as legumes should be eaten sparingly. Cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander, turmeric, and fennel are the best spices.

FOOD TYPE Prefered foods  Best to avoid foods
Fruits Apples (Sweet), Apricots, Avocados, Coconut, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Mangoes, Melon, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plums, Pomegranate Excessively Sour Fruits Such As green Apples, sour Cherries, sour Orange, and sour Pineapple and citrus with the exception of lime. 
Vegetables Asparagus, Broccoli, Cilantro, Cabbage, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Potatoes, Squashes Tomatoes, eggplant When Pitta Is High: Radishes, Beets And bell peppers. 
Grains Barley, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Wheat Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Rye, Yeasted Breads
Legumes Black Lentils, Mung Beans, Chickpeas, Tofu Excess Consumption Of Any Legume
Flesh Food Chicken, Turkey, Rabbit, Venison, Egg Regular Consumption of red meat
Nuts & Seeds Coconut Juice, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, sunflower oil and butter, Pumpkin Seeds Salted And Roasted Nuts, Peanuts
Dairy Ghee, butter,  whole milk, Soft Cheeses Hard and Salted Cheeses, Fermented Dairy (Yogurt, Sour Cream, etc.)
Sweeteners  Maple Syrup, Raw Sugar Molasses, excess Honey
Spices Fennel, Coriander, Cardamom, Cumin, Some Turmeric, Cinnamon Mustard, Chilies, Excess Black Pepper or Salt
Vices Spearmint Tea, Occasional Coffee W/ Cardamom, Cream, And raw cane Sugar Tobacco, Alcohol 



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