Ayurvedic medicine for health recommends bitter foods that are thought to have medicinal properties and a good effect on the body. When modern experts talk about healthy foods, they usually talk about a well-balanced diet, a mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. In Ayurveda, a bitter taste is used to treat many types of physical and mental illness. Read the article to find out how to eat bitter foods.
Properties of bitter taste:
- It has antimicrobial properties – effective against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites
- It prevents the accumulation of toxins in the body
- Also, it improves digestion
- It purifies the blood
- It stimulates appetite
- Also, it improves liver function
- Promotes weight loss
- It improves the appearance of the skin
- Reduces nausea
A balanced meal should contain all six flavors. If one or several flavors consistently dominate the diet, this can lead to an imbalance in the body, which can cause illness. In the eastern cultures traditionally used ingredients and spices with a bitter taste – for example, bitter melon and spices like turmeric, Roman cumin, etc.
Foods with a bitter taste:
- bitter melon (Read more about the bitter melon health benefits here)
- vegetables (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.)
- bitter chocolate
Herbs with a bitter taste:
- Aloe Vera
Spices that contain a bitter taste:
- Roman cumin
Excessive consumption of bitter foods can cause disorders in the body.
Tart and Tasty Bitter Melon Juice
In case you were starting to think that there was no way a bitter melon juice recipe could be yummy, here’s one to prove you wrong (and delight your taste buds):
- ½ – 1 small bitter melon
- ¼ pineapple
- 1 pear
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 lemon (peeled)
Thanks to sweet pineapple and pear, this juice recipe succeeds in dressing up that bitter melon as something rather palatable! Oh, feel free to leave the lemon out if you find the sourness of bitter melon is more than enough.