Ayurvedic wisdom on “Milk”

There is innumerable amount of information found on the internet as well as in many different books about the consumption of milk. In western countries the culture is to eat milk and cereal for breakfast. Several specialty diets recommend taking milk with bread and butter or jam in the morning and we see the same if we go out anywhere for breakfast. Ayurveda has a different view about milk and its consumption.

We all know that it is really helpful to add dairy products to the diet especially for the vegetarians. Ayurvedic experts say that dairy products are a good meat substitute and do not bring along with them the negative effects and bad karma of taking an animal’s life. However, all dairy products are mucus forming and this is true about milk as well. Even though milk and other dairy products like cheese and yogurt are good foods known for children’s growth, they are apt to aggravate children’s diseases. To counter these potential side effects, Ayurvedic experts recommend proper preparation of these foods as well as taking them in correct food combination.

 According to Ayurveda, milk combines poorly with bread (exactly what we tend to usually do), sour fruits (our favorite strawberry smoothie ), nuts, beans, fish and meat. According to Ayurvedic wisdom, milk is best taken alone but it does combine well with whole grains and sweet fruit like bananas. 

Experts say that pasteurized milk is a kind of precooked food which is devitalized and thus more mucus forming. Ayurvedic experts recommend that the best way to take milk is to use raw milk and then heat it to the boiling point which makes the milk more digestible, then add a pinch to 1/4th teaspoon of mucus reducing spices like cardamom,cinnamon,ginger and cloves. According to the experts, “cardamom is perhaps the best to use” (Frawley, 2008,pg 294).

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

 

 

References:

1. Frawley,D. DR (2008). Ayurvedic Healing- A Comprehensive Guide. Delhi, India: Motilal banarsidass Publishers PVT.LTD.

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