As many people are aware, a vegetarian diet is healthy. But it would be a mistake to think that the health benefits of a vegetarian diet have only been recently discovered. There are certainly many modern medical and scientific reports that show so clearly the links between meat-centered diets and such implacable killers as cancer and heart disease. It’s valuable research, and well worth studying. But long, long ago, the Bhagavad-gita identified meat, fish, and eggs as foods harmful to bodily well-being.
According to the Gita, such foods “cause distress, misery, and disease.” The Gita recommends food in the mode of goodness vegetarian foods: “Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence, and give strength, health, happiness, and satisfaction.” The Gita says that such foods are “wholesome and pleasing to the heart.” [Reference: Bhagavad Gita 17.8] What more could one ask?
At the same time, Gita says, “Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.” [Reference: Bhagavad Gita 17.9]
And, it goes on saying, “Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is dear to those in the mode of darkness.” [Reference: Bhagavad Gita 17.10]