In ayurveda, some food are hot food, meaning that they produce heat when eaten, others are considered cooling.

I have noticed this really applies to me.

I have not been able to find a proper list of hot and cold food over the net, from a reliable source.

Found some short lists or fancy lists.

If anyone has one, I really need it. I forgot which is my "pitta vatha kapa" type but one thing I know, I am eating way too much hot stuff at the moment and not enough cooling ones, and that shows on my skin really badly.

So hot & cold list anyone ? Thanks.

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thanks for this awesome discussion!

I haven't studied Ayurveda, but in general (from what I often hear from elders), there are 3 types of food:

sattvic, rajasic, tamasic

I think (may not be completely coorect),

sattvic foods are the best  and are neither too hot nor too cold, stimulate good thoughts, don't stimulate bad/exciting/lethargic thoughts and keep a person at peace

rajasic foods are hot and usually make a person hyper active, stimulate exciting thoughts, sexual thoughts/feelings. 

tamasic foods are usually cold and make a person lethargic and stimulates lethargic/lazy thoughts (like wanna sleep more)

and "vatha pitha kapa" is different for different people. 

I don't remember any list but I remember peantus (and may be almonds too) cause a lot of pitha, onion and garlic are not sattvic, cooked food (especially vegetables) is considered sattvic, raw food may be tamasic (not fully sure)

I'll try to find a more concrete list soon :)

I've also heard of this :) Thank you for sharing! xo

I have some lists on hard copy. I have a few books on ayurveda that I have collected over the years which have fairly complete lists or at least fairly comprehensive. I am sure here must be something very complete from the internet. I suppose we can find it. If you don't post a list you are happy with, I will go ahead and do some research.

Incidentally, Tibetan medicine which is quite similar in many ways to Ayurveda and was actually based on it to some degree, also has complete lists of hot and cold foods. Again, I have some stuff on hard copy, not electronic. Men Tse Khang, the school of medicine that is sponsored by the Tibetan government also sells some books which have a very very complete list of hot and cold foods. It comes in like three books, but I don't have them. I saw them in India once and assumed I could get them here in Nepal, but they never send any here for some reason. Going to have to go back to Dharamsala to get them.

Myself, I have to avoid cold foods because they can cause too much kapha in my system. I am kapha predominant. My doctor tells me not take any sugary drinks like colas and even juices minimally. Anything with sugar is basically cold but fresh fruit sugars are of course better than the processed ones.

This whole thing of hot and cold is quite subtle. For instance, red peppers help a cough, while that green peppers do not, because green peppers are cold. Quite counter intuitive for a pepper to be cold, eh?

Hello everyone and sorry for the long silence, been quiet busy.

Thanks everyone for your contributions.

Fruitfly a big thanks for the leads you give. I won't ask you to start typing lists for us that would be quite selfish and hugely time consuming :-D

I have been looking for an ayurvedic doctor here in France and for a chinese doctor too. But not found any serious practitioners so far (plenty of fancy people trained over the course of 1 week end a month in 1 year...joke).

So I definitely need learned personne to indicate how to balance my doshas. In the meantime, just trusting my intuition. Finding out that almonds disagree with me even after 24 hours thorough soaking.

Will keep looking for hot cold food info and if I find any good material, will share.

no big deal I think to type up some lists, if I had the lists. I am sure they must be on the net, but I haven't looked yet.

I would still recommend you to check out Tibetan meds. If you are in France then I am sure there could be a doctor there. I will ask my doctor and let you know.

Hi, I have a small list.... I just took my son to ayurvedic doctor, and she says he has too much "heat" in his body.... and as I tried to become "healthier" I started giving him "healthy" foods, like almond milk, brown suggar, organic cocoa powder, whole weat bread, brown suggar.... well... all that was exactly what was giving him more "heat" I was making him burn inside... so she gave this list...

what he should not eat....

Foods that increase heat:

  • Bet
  • Carrots, 
  • tomato
  • chilly
  • Eggplan
  • Sweet peper,
  • Spinach
  • Soy
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Figs
  • Papay
  • Greapefruit
  • Yoghurt
  • Vegetablebutter
  • Egg yolk
  • Sour cream
  • Cocoa
  • Peanuts and all nuts... no catsup, jellyo, mustard.... no peper, no vinager


And this is what he can eat,

Foods that makes body cold:

  • Celery
  • Sparragous
  • Brocoli
  • Beans
  • Cabage
  • Sweet potatoe
  • Lettuce
  • Grean peas
  • Cheakpeas
  • Okra
  • potato
  • cucumber,
  • green tomato,
  • avocato,
  • cherries,
  • plumps,
  • coconnut,
  • pineapple,
  • apple,
  • melon,
  • pears,
  • raisins,
  • orange,
  • mango,
  • guava,
  • white rice,
  • butter,
  • cream,
  • milk,
  • chessee
  • olive oil
  • sunflwer oil
  • parsil
  • mint...

It doesn't mean you should avoid all foods that are not exactly for you... but you should eat them not so offten....

I also will recomend you a book that is really well explained, and has even meals recipes, or advises to what to eat in a restaurant.... or how to cook (because the way to cook them matters too)...

Hello Natalia and thank you so much !

It is great that you have an ayurvedic doctor close to you ! Here everyone is interesting in the fancy part : the ayurvedic massage. But no one cares for ayurvedic medicine which is really really interesting.
Reading your list, it seems my meals or my food for a day is balanced, half / half, some cold some hot food. Don't know if it's a good thing or if it doesn't work like this.

Well thanks again and hope your son feels better soon.


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