The definition of good food in Ayurveda
is that which tastes good in its raw, natural form without salt,
spices and condiments. It should be available naturally, and be
easily digestible. Seasonal fruits are, therefore, good. Fruits
provide energy and have curative properties. They help in
healing and prevent diseases if taken regularly. A recent study
showed that fruits and vegetables was helpful in reversing Type
II diabetes by improving the functioning of the pancreas. The
golden rule is that seasonal fruits grown where you live, are
best for your health. Eat the following according to your
Fruits good for digestion:
Almost all fruits relieve constipation if eaten with the seeds
and skin. The fibre in fruits binds stools, absorbs moisture,
thereby softening stools and giving them bulk.
Fruits for the heart:
Potassium in bael, cherries, cheekoos, sweetlime, loquat,
peaches, and phalsa and magnesium in banana, mango, and plums
protects the heart and lowers high blood pressure.
Fruits for diabetics and asthamatics:
Very sweet fruits like banana, cheekoos, grapes, and litchis are
not recommended for people who have diabetes or respiratory
problems, yet certain fibre-rich fruits are safe if eaten in
reasonable quantities. Phalsa, guava, loquat, prunes, ber,
papaya, sour pomegranate, cherries, and amla can be eaten.
Fruits that promote urination:
Watermelon, muskmelon, white pumpkin, and green coconut water
can be taken.
Fruits for arthritis:
Fruits that cause urination reduce swelling of painful joints by
reducing uric acid levels in the blood. Cherries and walnuts are
Red fruits are energisers and include apple, pomegranate, red
grapes, dates, sapota, and watermelon. Yellow fruits are
appetisers and provide natural vitamin A for eyes and skin
(papaya, mango, loquat, oranges and pineapples). Green fruits
boost immunity. These are amla, grapes, bael, and green almonds.
Purple and violet fruits give a feeling of contentment (phalsa
and red grapes). Rich antioxidant fruits include mangoes, black
grapes and currants. These fight diseases associated with age.
Eat or drink only freshly cut fruits and juices. Oxidation
begins immediately after cutting and keeping fruit exposed leads
to microbial contamination. Eat fruits with skin and, wherever
possible with seeds for roughage. Fruit juice is good for
convalescents because they can consume larger quantities in an
easily digestible form.