Fish

Fish

By
Anjum Anand
Contains
9 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849494298
Photographer
Lisa Linder

Fish and seafood are sweet, heavy and warming. Traditionally, Ayurvedic doctors believe we should eat the small species of fish as larger ones have a higher degree of kapha, so eating them will bring more kapha into our bodies. Freshwater fish are the best option, followed by seawater (preferably deep-water fish as the surface water is often more polluted). Shellfish are comparatively more heating, but if you enjoy shellfish, try to partner them with foods with cooling properties.

People with a vata imbalance can benefit from the nourishment and heat that fish provide, but even for these body types, it is not a good idea to eat fish everyday, as a varied diet is the healthiest. The heat of the fish does counter the coolness of kapha, but kapha body types should stick to light food and fish is considered comparatively heavy. Kapha should avoid oily fish and eat light white fish. The heat of seafood is particularly bad for the already-hot pitta body types so eat sparingly (chicken is a better option). Choose recipes that include cooling ingredients to balance this heat, such as coriander, coconut and mint.

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